Philippines: Group seeks to bar Marcos Jr. from election

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A group opposing the candidacy of the son of late The Philippines’s strongman Ferdinand Marcos for next year’s presidential race is asking the election commission to bar him from running because he has a conviction for tax evasion. The group, called the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law, filed a petition for the disqualification of Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Wednesday. … A trial court convicted Marcos Jr of tax evasion in 1995 for failing to file his income tax returns from 1982 to 1985. The conviction was upheld by an appeals court in 1997. … The election body has scheduled a preliminary conference for November 26 to consider the earlier disqualification complaint filed by a group representing political detainees, human rights and medical organisations against Marcos. Marcos, 64, has said the petition ‘is without merit and has no legal basis.'” (11/17/21)