Comelec denies all interventions linked to main petition vs Marcos Jr.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) — The Commission on Elections denied all interventions related to the original petition to cancel Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s certificate of candidacy (COC) for president.

Comelec rejected the petition-in-intervention in cancellation plea filed by civil society groups and professionals led by Rommel Bautista. The poll body also denied two pro-Marcos interventions.

The poll body's second division ruled that allowing the interventions would "unduly delay" the resolution of the main petition, saying it will treat the rejected interventions as "mere scraps of paper" and will no longer entertain similar submissions in the future.

"Further, no future motions for intervention and/or petitions-in-intervention relative to the instant case shall be entertained by this Commission (Second Division)," the decision released on Monday read.

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The first petition argued that Marcos committed a crime of moral turpitude and perjury for making false representations in his COC on his eligibility to seek the presidency despite his conviction for his failure to file income tax returns when he was vice governor and governor of Ilocos Norte.

Theodore Te, a former Supreme Court spokesperson, serves as lead counsel for the group.

The Comelec previously said it hopes to resolve Marcos’ cases by yearend.