PETITIONERS have raised their call to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. before the Supreme Court.

Fr. Christian Buenafe, Fides M. Lim, Mar. Edeliza P. Hernandez, Celia Lagman Sevilla, Roland C. Vibal and Josephine Lascano filed a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court seeking a temporary restraining order for the Senate and the House of Representatives to stop canvassing the votes garnered by Marcos during the just concluded 2022 national and local elections and to not proclaim him as the winner.

They also called for the cancellation and declaration void ab initio of Marcos’ COC and to treat him as if he has never been a candidate in the 2022 elections.

The petitioners were among those who tried but failed to shoot down Marcos’ candidacy before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

They all cited the conviction of Marcos before a Quezon City court over multiple failure to file his income tax return from 1982 to 1985, which supposedly makes him perpetually disqualified from holding public offices.

Marcos maintains his lead in the presidential race with more than 17 million votes ahead of the second placer, Vice President Leni Robredo. (SunStar Philippines)