Comelec junks remaining disqualification case vs Bongbong Marcos

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday junked the remaining disqualification case filed against the presidential bid of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

In a 10-page ruling, Comelec First Division presiding commissioner Socorro Inting dismissed the case for lack of merit.

The petitioners filed the disqualification case, saying Marcos Jr.’s 1993 conviction for his failure to file his income tax returns is a crime involving moral turpitude, making the former senator unqualified to run for office.

“We are not convinced,” the ruling said, citing a Supreme Court ruling stating that failure to file an income tax return is not a crime involving moral turpitude.

The ruling also said that moral turpitude implies something immoral in itself, even if its punishable by law or not.  Marcos Jr.’s failure to file income tax, however, is not “inherently wrong.”

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