Comelec Gives Marcos 5 Days To Answer To Three Pending DQ Cases
December 22, 2021
Comelec Gives Marcos 5 Days To File Responses To Three Disqualification Cases
COMELEC GIVES MARCOS 5 DAYS
– The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) served summons to the camp of Bongbong Marcos.
As such, Marcos now has five days to respond to three pending disqualification cases before COMELEC First Division. The petitions were filed by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law (CARMMA).
Furthermore, it was filed through Atty. Howard Calleja, the Akbayan Party-List, and Abubakar Mangelen. Meanwhile, Mangelen claims that he’s the legitimate chairman of BBM’s party, Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP).
According to an article from CNN, the petitions revolved around Marcos being found guilty for not filing his income tax from 1982 to 1985. However, Marcos’ camp could find a saving grace from this petition.
In 1986, revisions to the Tax Code came into effect. This adds provisions on stating violators who are government officials or employees cannot run for public office.
Thus, Akbayan argued that Marcos’ case was still covered by the penalty as his 1985 ITR fell due that year. And, although this was among the best cases filed before COMELEC, progress on the cases came weeks after it was filed.
Summons sent to BBM’s camp were sent through email. Although it will also be served in person through a printed copy. But, the decision on the cases would continue in 2022.
As per the article, Guanzon said the initial conferences on the disqualification case are set for January 7. Following this, parties need to file their respective memoranda prior to the commissioners’ decision on the matter.
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