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Supreme Court petition seeks to cancel candidacy of Philippine President-elect Marcos

Added 05-20-22 12:07:01pm EST - “The petition, filed Tuesday, seeks to disqualify Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s candidacy post-election on the grounds that he lied about not committing any crimes ?" a requirement to run for president.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Supreme Court petition seeks to cancel candidacy of Philippine President-elect Marcos”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Martial law victims including former lawmaker Satur Ocampo (third from left) and their lawyers headed by Howard Calleja (second from left), show documents after filing a petition with the supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday seeking the disqualification of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Ted Aljibe/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Martial law victims including former lawmaker Satur Ocampo (third from left) and their lawyers headed by Howard Calleja (second from left), show documents after filing a petition with the supreme Court in Manila on Wednesday seeking the disqualification of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Civic leaders in the Philippines have a lodged a petition to block Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the presumptive winner of the country's May 9 presidential election, from taking office, alleging that he lied when he said he had not been convicted of any crime.

"Elections are more than just a numbers game such that an election victory cannot bypass election eligibility requirements," the petition filed on Tuesday reads.

The case has drawn a flurry of local media attention, even after the election, because the stakes are high. The Supreme Court is the last opportunity for the group of civic leaders, made up of survivors of Marcos's late father's brutal decades-long dictatorship and backed by human rights lawyers, to prove Marcos Jr., also known by his childhood name Bongbong or BBM, is not eligible to run for president. In their petition, the authors assert that Bongbong was convicted of tax evasion in 1995, which should have barred him from ever seeking public office.

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