Philippines dismisses bid to bar Marcos Jr from presidential race

They made a point of saying he was unable to run due to a major tax conviction

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A plea to stop Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, from participating in the presidential race in May was denied by the Philippines electoral commission.

The case against Marcos Jr, also recognized as Bongbong, was canceled by the second division of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), according to the report by the petition’s lawyers.

They made a point of saying he was unable to run due to a major tax conviction.

According to the lawyers, the committee decided that there was “no basis to cancel” Marcos Jr’s candidacy.

They indicated that they will appeal to COMELEC with a full bench of lawyers.

In a statement, his spokesperson, Vic Rodriguez, remarked, 

We thank the Commission on Elections for upholding the law and the right of every bona fide candidate like Bongbong Marcos to run for public office free from any form of harassment and discrimination. 

The petition is one of more than a half-dozen that aim to get Marcos Jr banned from voting. After being defeated in the People Power revolution of 1986, his father escaped to Hawaii and died in exile not shortly after.

He has established an excellent career as a politician at the municipal, regional, and national levels, and is presently the leader in a packed electoral race that comprises champion boxer Manny Pacquaio and present Vice President Leni Robredo.

Rodrigo Duterte, the current president, is not eligible to compete again since Philippine presidents are limited to a specific six-year term.

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