Philippine group tries to block Marcos Jr. from running Election news

The son of the late power man Ferdinand Marcos has risen to the top candidate in the May election.

A group opposing the candidacy of Ferdinand Marcos, the late son of the Philippines, for next year’s presidential candidacy is asking the Electoral Commission to prevent him from running for office because he has been convicted of tax evasion.

A group called the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses and Martial Law filed a petition on Wednesday to dismiss Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Former congressman Satur Ocampo, one of the group’s conveners, said the petition, like a petition from another group, is based on Marcos’ more than 20-year-old ruling on tax evasion.

“Authorities violating internal revenue laws are being permanently denied public office and elections,” Ocampo, who fought the Marcos dictatorship, told Reuters, citing an article in the code. Marcos Jr., also known as Bongbong, has risen to the top of the May election.

A strong man who died in exile in 1989 ruled the Philippines for nearly 20 years until he collapsed in the 1986 “democratic” revolution.

His wife and children have repeatedly denied allegations that billions of dollars in state property, valued at $ 10 billion in 1987, were looted during Marcos ’reign.

The District Court convicted Marcos Jr. of tax evasion in 1995 for failing to file his income tax returns between 1982 and 1985. The Court of Appeal upheld the judgment in 1997.

Marcos Jr. has been elected governor, congressman, and in 2010 senator despite the verdict.

Ocampo said “this doesn’t mean it can’t be raised anymore.”

The electoral body has set up a preliminary conference on 26 November to deal with a previous rejection complaint by Marcos, a group representing political prisoners, human rights and medical organizations.

Marcos, 64, has said the petition “is unfounded and has no legal basis.”

He announced Tuesday that the daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to be his vice presidential candidate, confirming weeks of speculation about an alliance between two powerful families.

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