Comelec issues summons to petitioners, Marcos on disqualification case

Maris Federez   •   November 12, 2021   •   368

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, November 11, issued summons to the petitioners and the respondent in the disqualification case against Presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.

Comelec gave Marcos, the respondent in the case, five days to counter the petition filed against him which seeks the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy (COC).

His response must be sent through electronic mail addressed to the commission’s office of the Clerk.

Should Marcos fail to send his reply, he will forfeit the chance to present evidence to refute the complaint against him or to file his argument on the matter.

The preliminary conference will be conducted via video conferencing on November 26 at 10:00 in the morning.

Marcos and the petitioners will then be given another three days to submit their respective memorandum.

To recall, several groups have filed before the Comelec a petition seeking the cancellation of Marcos’ COC.

Said petition was raffled off Wednesday to Comelec Second Division.

Marcos Jr. was accused of lying about pertinent details on his COC. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Cusi-led PDP-Laban wing asks COMELEC to reopen COC filing period, postpone printing of ballots

Robie de Guzman   •   December 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday said it has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to reopen the period for the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2022 national and local elections.

In a statement, the group said it has filed a petition urging the reopening of the COC filing as the poll body cannot yet print official ballots due to pending petitions.

The party filed the petition more than a month after the deadline for the COC filing lapsed on November 15.

“The party believes that the COMELEC should re-open and allow the filing of COC’s for National and Local candidates in view of the fact that it cannot, and should not, proceed with printing of ballots for the 2022 elections while several cases affecting candidates and party-lists are still pending before it”, said Atty. Melvin Matibag, Secretary General of PDP Laban said.

The PDP-Laban has no candidate for president in next year’s polls.

In its petition, the PDP-Laban wing said it did not have enough time “to remedy the political vacuum” that was created by the withdrawal of Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s candidacy for president.

Dela Rosa’s candidacy appeared to be a last-minute decision of the group.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s former aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go initially filed his candidacy for vice president under the PDP-Laban but later ditched the bid after presidential daughter, Davao Mayor Sara Duterte filed her COC for vice president.

Go then filed his COC for president via substitution under Pederalismo ng Dugong Dakilang Samahan, which is an ally of the PDP-Laban. Go, in the end, withdrew his election bid.

“We are asking the COMELEC to review its self-imposed deadlines in the interest of the electorate. This petition will benefit everyone and should be intently considered by the Commission,” he added.

COMELEC earlier said it is still resolving petitions, including the ones questioning the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos.

The poll body is looking to finalize and release the official list of candidates for 2022 polls on January 7, 2022, and start the printing of ballots by January 12.

Comelec targets to release resolution on disqualification case vs Marcos before Dec. 15

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that it has concluded the preliminary conference on a petition that called for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. Friday afternoon.

Comelec spokesperson Director James Jimenez said the poll body targets to release the resolution of the case before December 15.

Jimenez said the preliminary conference was conducted swiftly and each side of the petitioner and the respondent was given the opportunity to submit amendments or change their submitted argument or position.

“Ang pinaka general area na pinag-usapan ay, number one, yung statement of the issue in which both parties are given the opportunity to say ano yung formulation nung issue according to their own opinion based on their own appreciation of the case and then amendments and stipulations,” Jimenez said.

Based on the processes done on cancellation cases, the next step will be the submission of a memorandum or position of both parties in the case.

Jimenez, however, said that this will not yet happen as the poll body has to resolve two other pending issues first, such as the petition for intervention filed by the group of Atty. Howard Calleja, and the motion filed by the Marcos camp that seeks for the conduct of face-to-face oral arguments on the case.

“After the incidents are resolved then the Comelec will say how long it will give the parties to submit their respective memoranda,” Jimenez explained.

Jimenez, however, said the Second Division led by Commissioners Antonio Kho and Socorro Inting may possibly complete their resolution on the case before the release of the final list of candidates on December 15. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Comelec grants Marcos request for extension in cancellation case

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday (November 18) granted the request of the camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to extend the deadline of submission of his position on the petition filed against his candidacy.

In his Twitter post, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said he got word “that Comelec 2nd Division just now issued an extension in the cancellation case against former Senator Marcos.”

The Comelec 2nd Division gave the Marcos camp another five days to submit.

“But since the 5th day falls on a Sunday, last day is actually 22 Nov,” said Jimenez.

 

 

Several groups have filed their respective petitions against Marcos Jr., seeking to cancel his certificate of candidacy for the 2022 national and local elections. —/mbmf

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