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Human rights groups requesting COMELEC to take down COC of Bongbong Marcos

Civic group of political detainees, human rights and medical organizations asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of presodential bet Bongbong Marcos Jr.

Civic leaders arguing Marcos' COC contains "multiple false material representations," including his assertion that he is eligible to seek the presidency.

In the 57-page document submitted, they pointed out that Marcos was convicted in July 1995 by a Quezon City court for his multiple failures to file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

The groups stressed out that this crime "involves moral turpitude, thereby disqualifying him under the Omnibus Election Code to be a candidate and to hold any public office."

“Specifically, Marcos falsified his [COC] when he claimed that he was eligible to be a candidate for President of the Philippines in the 2022 national elections when in fact he is disqualified from doing so,” the petitioners said in a statement.

The petitioners are from Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, Kapatid-Families and Friends of Political Prisoners, Medical Action Group Inc., Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates and Balay Rehabilitation Center. (Photo Jerome Ascano)

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