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The Comelec upholds the dismissal of Marcos’ appeals.

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed two sets of applications for reconsideration seeking to disqualify presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

The Comelec en banc issued its decision on Tuesday, following petitioners’ request that Marcos is removed from the polls due to his alleged inability to file income tax reports from 1982 to 1985 while serving as a public officer in Ilocos Norte.

The Second Division dismissed the petition of Fr. Christian Buenafe, Fides Lim, Ma. Edeliza Hernandez, Delia Lagman Sevilla, Roland Vibal, and Josephine Lascano because it lacked merit.

“Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.’s (respondent) representations, which are being questioned by the petitioners — that respondent is eligible for the position of President and has not been meted the penalty of perpetual disqualification from public office — are not false,” according to the resolution.

The First Division dismissed the consolidated disqualification petitions filed by Bonifacio Ilagan, et al; the Akbayan party-list et al; Abubakar Mangelen, chair of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas; and the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law “due to a lack of substantial grounds to compel the Comelec en banc to rule in favor” of the disqualification case.

Two further disqualification challenges against Marcos are still ongoing, with judgments expected soon, according to the Comelec.

Marcos’ spokeswoman, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, said the ruling demonstrated that the poll board is following its mandate to be fair to all candidates.

“We have always felt that the polling board will uphold its mandate to produce fair, honest, and credible elections,” he said in a statement.

“The unanimous en banc judgment has demonstrated, once and for all, that no amount of undue political pressure can weaken the will of the honorable Commission to be on the side of truth and justice,” Rodriguez stated in response to charges that Marcos is unqualified for the country’s highest position.

Commissioner George Garcia stated that the petitioners might still appeal to the Supreme Court, which Akbayan has stated that it will do.

“This case will be appealed to the Supreme Court by Akbayan.” This case will be pursued to its logical and just conclusion. In a statement, the organization stated, “We know the law is on our side.”

As of 1 p.m., Marcos was far ahead in the presidential contest, with 30.9 million votes to Vice President Leni Robredo’s 14.7 million votes in 97 percent of election returns.

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