Atty. Vic Rodriguez
MANILA — The camp of presumptive President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss the motion for reconsideration on the junking of the petition to declare him a nuisance candidate in the 2022 presidential elections.
Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ chief of staff and spokesman, said the latest ruling bolstered the belief that the Comelec will not allow unmeritorious and politically-motivated petitions to prevent the conduct of fair, honest, and credible elections.
“We are happy to receive the news that the Comelec En Banc dismissed one more motion appealing the junking of what we called then as nuisance petitions aimed at derailing the candidacy of presumptive President Bongbong Marcos,” Rodriguez said.
“We have always believed that the poll body will stay true to its mandate to deliver a fair, honest, and credible election, including the dismissal of unmeritorious and politically-motivated petitions such as these,” he added.
Marcos’ spokesman noted that the ruling has proven anew that the poll body will not cave in and veer from the side of truth and justice in the face of undue political pressure.
“The latest En Banc decision has proven, once again, that no amount of undue political pressure can weaken the resolve of the honorable Commission to be on the side of truth and justice,” he said.
The Comelec en banc denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Danilo Lihayhay appealing the second division’s resolution junking his petition to declare Marcos as a nuisance candidate in the 2022 presidential election.
It said Lihayhay, who himself was later identified by the poll body as a nuisance candidate, has failed to raise new arguments in his appeal.
The Comelec en banc promulgated the decision on May 11. It was signed by Comelec Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan, Commissioners Socorro Inting, Marlon Casquejo, Aimee Ferolino, Rey Bulay and Aimee Torrefranca-Neri.
Commissioner George Erwin Garcia inhibited from the case since Marcos was his former client when he was an election lawyer. (ai/mtvn)