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1 nuisance petition against Marcos is dismissed by the Comelec.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) refused one of the petitions to declare presidential contender Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. a nuisance candidate on Saturday.

The Comelec 2nd Division ruled petitioner Danilo Lihaylihay, who is also a presidential candidate in the May 2022 elections, failed to offer proof that Marcos could be regarded as a nuisance in a seven-page judgment.

Marcos’ candidacy did not fall into any of the three broad categories of nuisance candidates, according to the poll body: one who has filed a candidacy to put the election process in jeopardy or disrepute, cause voter confusion due to name similarity, or engage in acts or circumstances that clearly demonstrate a lack of a bona fide intention to run for office.

“Petitioner absolutely failed to demonstrate to the Commission (2nd Division) that Respondent falls into any of the classes listed,” said Commissioner Socorro Inting in a ruling issued on December 16.

Marcos previously served as vice governor, governor, congressman of Ilocos Norte, and senator, and was a contender for vice president in the 2016 elections, according to the poll body.

“The circumstances obtained in this case truly suggest that Respondent has a bona fide intention to run for President of the country, in sharp contrast to what Petitioner attempts to portray,” it added.

Six more petitions — two to revoke Marcos’ candidacy and four to disqualify him – are pending before the Comelec against his presidential bid.

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