Last Marcos DQ case junked by COMELEC 1st Division

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MANILA, PHILLIPPINES - NOVEMBER 4: Akbayan members stage a protest outside the Comelec National Office in Manila, Philippines on November 04, 2021, and demand the election body to disqualify Ferdinand
MANILA, PHILLIPPINES - NOVEMBER 4: Akbayan members stage a protest outside the Comelec National Office in Manila, Philippines on November 04, 2021, and demand the election body to disqualify Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in the 2022 presidential election based on his 1995 tax evasion conviction. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr is the son of late President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (Photo by Dante Diosina Jr/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The petition calling for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s disqualification was unanimously junked by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) 1st Division on Wednesday (April 20) due to “lack of merit.”

The 1st Division consists of Commissioners Socorro Inting, Aimee Ferolino, and Aimee Torrefranca-Neri.

The petition was filed by Martial Law survivors from La Union, represented by 1987 Constitutional framer and former COMELEC chairman Christian Monsod, and was initially handled by the 2nd Division, where ex-Marcos lawyer George Garcia is now part of.

Part of the Monsod petition’s arguments was that Marcos Jr. is not qualified to be a voter, hence cannot be president based on the Constitution’s requirements.

According to the COMELEC, the qualifications for voter registration include:

  • Being at least 18 years old on or before the elections

  • Being a resident of the Philippines for at least a year and in the place where s/he proposes to vote, and for at least six months before the elections

  • Not being disqualified by law

The petitioners argued that Marcos Jr.’s voter registration should be void for being “perpetually disqualified from the right of suffrage".

Petitioners are able to appeal to the COMELEC en banc (as a whole).

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own

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