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Comelec dismisses Bongbong DQ appeal

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) En Banc affirmed its decision to junk the petition seeking to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of presidential frontrunner Bongbong Marcos.

The Commission En Banc affirmed its dismissal with a vote of 6-0-1, where Comelec Commissioner George Garcia inhibited from voting due to the fact that Garcia was Bongbong’s lawyer in the 2016 electoral protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a 5-page ruling dated 11 May, the En Banc found that the motion for reconsideration filed by Danilo Lihaylihay contains merely a rehash of his averments and arguments, where it also found that he failed to raise new matters or issues, and the grounds that would warrant the reversal of the ruling, as required under Section 1, Rule 19 of the Comelec Rules of Procedure.

Under Section 1 of Comelec Rules and Procedure, it states that a motion for reconsideration “may be filed on the grounds that the evidence is insufficient to justify the decision.”

The former Comelec Second Division found no cogent to disturb its findings, where the petitioners were unable to raise issues and provide grounds to reverse the decision.
The petitioners may file an appeal before the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the poll body also affirmed its decision to dismiss four disqualification cases against Bongbong.

The consolidated disqualifications cases pertains to the complained filed by petitioners Bonifacio Ilagan, Akbayan, and Abubakar Mangelen, while the petition seeks to cancel Marcos’ certificate of candidacy was filed by the group of Fr. Christian Buenafe, while the fourth disqualification was filed by the group Pudno Nga Ilocano led by its counsel, former Comelec chairperson Christian Monsod.

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