Comelec grants extension for Marcos’ response vs petitions

    Presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr has been bombarded by numerous petitions for his disqualification in the race for the presidential post.

    MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) first summoned Marcos on 11 November to respond within five days from receipt of the notice, however, Marcos requested for an extension to respond.

    Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Thursday through an online post that Marcos’ request has been granted.

    “Getting word that Comelec [second division] just now issued an extension in the cancellation case against former Senator Marcos,” the post read. Marcos is given a five-day extension.

    “But since the fifth day falls on a Sunday, the last day is actually 22 November,” he added.

    Attorney Theodore Te, legal counsel of petitioners composed of political detainees and human rights and medical organizations, alleges that Marcos is not eligible to run for any public office since the Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicted him in 1995 his failure to file income tax returns.

    A second and third petition were filed by Dr. Rommel Bautista, who leads a group of taxpayers, and a group of activists imprisoned during martial law filed the same petition to disqualify Marcos for similar grounds mentioned in the foregoing. (HMP/The MiNT)

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