By: Elena Grace Flores
Legal Claim:No Substitute if the COC is Canceled
The Comelec must act upon the 9 pending petitions filed against BBM to avoid complications on his pre sidency if he wins. It is important to note that if the cancellation of his COC prospers prior to winning, substitution is not allowed. The Vice President succeeds. This is a legal claim.
Substitution is Allowed in Case of Disqualification
However, if BBM is disqualified prior to the election, his next of kin bearing the same last name could substitute his presidential candidacy. Senator Imee Marcos or his wife, Liza Araneta Marcos could do the job which is a legal claim. If it happens after winning, then a quo warranto petition can remove him from office.
Nuisance Case will be the Same as Cancellation
The nuisance petition has the same consequences as the cancellation case. However, Comelec spokesperson, James Jimenez hints that this is unlikely to be successful. The massive support from the people shows that BBM does not belong to this category. There are 9 remaining petitions. No legal claim here.