A group of Ilocanos on Tuesday filed a petition seeking to disqualify and cancel the Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The “Pudno Mga Ilocano” or Real Ilocanos filed the eighth petition intended to stop Marcos Jr. from running in next year’s election.
Pudno averred that the former senator has been convicted of a crime involving “moral turpitude” under Section 12 of the Omnibus Election Code.
They cited the same reasons as most of the earlier cases filed like his admitted failure to file his income taxes as an official of Ilocos Norte.
Crisanto Palabay, one of the petitioners who claimed to be a martial law victim, said that the so-called “Solid North” does not exist since the people of Ilocos do not vote as one.
Their counsel Ray Paolo Santiago said they want the pending petitions to be resolved by the poll body as soon as possible.
The group also used the July 1995 decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 105 that ruled that Marcos failed to file his income tax returns and/or pay his taxes from 1982 to 1985.
Marcos’ camp has denied the charges, saying the government of Ilocos Norte filed Marcos’ income tax return along with those of the other provincial employees.