LIVESTREAM: Press briefing of Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon | January 19, 2022
Panoorin ang livestream ng press briefing ni Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon ngayong Miyerkoles, Jan. 19, 2022.
Despite Comelec’s case dismissal, 1Sambayan insists: Marcos Jr still a convicted criminal.
“The question to the Filipino people is: do they want a person who has been convicted of a crime, and who has not served his sentence up to now, to be their President?”
Opposition coalition 1Sambayan expressed alarm after the Commission on Elections Second Division dismissed the petition to cancel presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos’ certificate of candidacy for the upcoming polls, as filed by their ally Atty. Theodore Te.
“We in 1SAMBAYAN are concerned to learn of the decision of the Comelec Second Division to dismiss the petition to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) of the son of the late dictator based on the grounds of material misrepresentation. While we understand and respect the authority of the Comelec, 1SAMBAYAN will continue to monitor the developments in this issue,” the group led by Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a statement.
“The dismissal of the petition is not final and is subject to appeal. Marcos Jr. remains a convicted criminal who has not served his sentence. Reasonable people can agree that such a person should not hold public office,” they added, noting 1Sambayan will continue to keep watch over this case and similar petitions blocking Marcos’ candidacy.
The group is referring to Marcos being found guilty of not filing his income tax returns from 1982-1985, which was first given by a Quezon City court and upheld by the Court of Appeals.
“As for now, our objective remains: to continue with our efforts to show that Leni Robredo is the best candidate among those seeking the highest office of the land,” it said.