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Philippines’ election body dismisses disqualification case against Marcos Jr

MANILA (THE STRAITS TIMES) – The Philippines’ top polls body yesterday dismissed the last disqualification case still pending against Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late dictator, who has been predicted to win as president in the May 9 elections by a landslide.

In its ruling, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said a disqualification case based on Marcos Jr’s failure to file income tax returns lacked merit. “Regardless of the fact that the non-filing of income tax return was done repeatedly by the respondent, there is still no tax evasion to speak of as no tax was actually intentionally evaded. The government was not defrauded,” said the Comelec’s first division.

It added that it was “not convinced” Marcos Jr committed a crime involving “moral turpitude” when he failed to file his tax returns when he was vice-governor, then governor of Ilocos Norte in the 1980s.

Former senator and son of Ferdinand Marcos, Ferdinand Marcos Junior. PHOTO: AFP