Another petition vs. Marcos candidacy junked

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4)— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed another petition challenging the presidential bid of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.

In a press conference on Tuesday, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez confirmed the poll body's Second Division has junked a plea to cancel Marcos' certificate of candidacy.

It was filed by his namesake and former rival Tiburcio Marcos, who has been declared a nuisance candidate.

A copy of Comelec's decision, however, was not immediately available.

Tiburcio's complaint claims Bongbong is not the real son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. He argued that Bongbong already died and was replaced by an impostor who filed a COC in his stead.

LIST: Petitions against Bongbong Marcos' 2022 presidential bid

This is the second of seven petitions against Marcos' 2022 bid that have been dismissed. Comelec earlier denied the plea which sought to declare the former senator a nuisance bet.

CNN Philippines correspondent Melissa Lopez contributed to this report.