The case filed by martial law victims that seeks to disqualify Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.'s from the 2022 elections was raffled to the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec's) First Division, according to GMA News’ Joseph Morong.
Last week, Bonifacio Ilagan, former lawmaker Satur Ocampo, and several other victims of the military rule implemented by Marcos' father and namesake, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, filed the petition before the Comelec.
According to the petitioners, Bongbong Marcos should not be allowed to run for president because of his conviction for violating the Internal Revenue Code, which carries the penalty of perpetual disqualification from holding any public office.
They noted that in 1995, a Quezon City court convicted Marcos for not filing his income tax return from 1982-1984. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeals, though the imprisonment sentence was removed.
Marcos, they said, did not appeal the ruling.
Apart from the disqualification case filed by the martial law victims, Marcos faces three more petitions challenging his candidacy for president. These were all raffled to the Second Division.
The three other cases include the petition filed by Danilo Lihaylihay asking the Comelec to declare Marcos as a nuisance candidate.
The two other petitions, filed by Christian Buenafe et. al, and Tiburcio Villamor Marcos, seek to cancel Marcos Jr.'s certificate of candidacy for president. —Hana Bordey/DVM, GMA News