Comelec to resolve Bongbong Marcos disqualification cases ‘by April’


Comelec logo superimposed on a photo of the Palacio del Gobernador which houses the electorate. Graphic design by INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The remaining disqualification cases against presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will be settled in April, the Electoral Commission (Comelec) announced Thursday.

Quoting Comelec President Saiamen Balt Pangarungan, Commissioner George Garcia said disqualification cases will be resolved in the second week of April at the earliest, or the third week of the month at the latest.

“Month of April by chair (Pangarungan). Di po kasi ako nag-participate. At the earliest the 2nd week of April. Last 3rd week,” he said in a Viber message to INQUIRER.net.

Garcia also said he did not participate in the discussion because Marcos was a former client of his, which required him to inhibit himself from previous clients’ cases.

With that, the resolution on the Marcos disqualification cases will arrive less than a month before the state and local elections themselves which will be held on May 9.

Decisions on cases can be appealed to the Supreme Court, but this is not possible without a Comelec en banc judgment.

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