Disqualification case vs. Bongbong Marcos raffled to Comelec 1st division

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — The martial law victims' petition to disqualify former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. from the 2022 presidential race was raffled on Monday to the Commission on Elections' First Division.

Commissioners Rowena Guanzon, Marlon Casquejo, and Aimee Ferolino will decide on the appeal filed by 18 people, including Bonifacio Ilagan, Saturnino Ocampo, Maria Carolina Araullo, and other members of the group Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang.

The petitioners have cited Marcos' conviction for failing to file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985, saying this already "perpetually disqualifies" him from running for any public office.

The same argument has been cited by others seeking to block Marcos' election bid. There are four pending cases against his presidential run, with all petitioners saying that violating the Tax Code means he's banned from holding any government post for life.

The three other cases -- one for the Comelec to declare Marcos a nuisance candidate and two others for the cancellation of his certificate of candidacy -- were earlier raffled to the Comelec's Second Division.

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There is no schedule yet for the preliminary conference on the disqualification petition.

The decision of poll commissioners may be appealed by either party before the Comelec en banc and eventually, the Supreme Court.