The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the Commission on Elections, and the two chambers of Congress to comment on the petition that aims to void his landslide election victory.
The high court gave Marcos Jr., the House of Representatives, and the Senate 15 days to respond to the pleading against the landslide win by the only son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
The petition was elevated by civil society groups to the Supreme Court after the Commission on Elections dismissed their earlier plea to cancel Marcos Jr.’s candidacy.
The case stemmed from Marcos' 1995 conviction for failure to file his income tax returns and pay his income tax dues from 1982 to 1985, which makes him ineligible to run for public office, the petitioners claimed.
Marcos Jr. won the May 9 election with a landslide 31 million votes to become the first majority president of the country since the 1986 People Power Revolution that ousted his father and restored democracy in the Philippines.