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Comelec urged to fast track resolution of petition vs Marcos

Comelec urged to fast track resolution of petition vs Marcos

By CBCP News

November 17, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A coalition of church and civic organizations has called for an urgent resolution of the petition seeking to cancel the candidacy of the presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The Halalang Marangal 2022, in a statement, said the matter needs to be resolved by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) immediately regardless on who will win the case.

Fr. Antonio Labiao, HM2022 chairman, clarified that the coalition will not side with any of the parties involved.

“Instead, it urges the Comelec to immediately act on the petition in the spirit of the law,” said Labiao, who is also the executive secretary of Caritas Philippines.

The priest said the coalition also views with “grave concern” the controversy involving Marcos’ candidacy “as it creates bad precedent and a mockery on the election law, as well as the rule of law of the land”.

“In this regard, we call on the Comelec en Banc to fast track the resolution of the petition so as not to create confusion among the electorate,” he said.

Aside from doing it fast with the May 2022 polls just half a year away, the group also urged the poll body to make sure that the rule of law will prevail.

“The sovereign will of the people should always take priority over political influence to ensure the common good of the country,” Labiao said.

“We, therefore, expect Comelec to take priority on what is right and just for the country,” he added.

A cross section of political detainees, human rights advocates, and medical organizations earlier filed at the Comelec a “petition to cancel or deny due course the certificate of candidacy” against Marcos.

They alleged that Marcos’ COC contains multiple false material representations, particularly when he claimed that he was eligible to be a candidate for president of the Philippines in the May 2022 polls despite being disqualified from doing so.

They also claimed that Marcos is not eligible to run for any public office since he is a convicted criminal based on the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court back in July 27, 1995 regarding his multiple failures to file income tax returns.

The Comelec has already set the preliminary conference on the case of Marcos on November 26.

The HM2022 is a coalition of over 20 church and civic groups that are committed to ensure that the country will have a “righteous elections”.

Aside from the national Caritas, among its members are the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP); Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas; and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).

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