Maria Aurora Marcos delivers her speech after filing her certificate of candidacy for president last October 5, 2021, at the Hotel Sofitel Harbor Garden Tent in Pasay City. ( file photo)

 MANILA, Philippines — The camp of presidential aspirant and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday lauded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision to declare two of his namesakes as nuisance candidates.

 The election body recently declared erstwhile presidential hopefuls Tiburcio Marcos and Maria Aurora Marcos as nuisance candidates.

 “We give it to the members of this august body for seeing through the schemes and machinations of certain political camps to make a mockery of the electoral process by resorting to gutter politics,” Marcos Jr.’s spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.

 “This decision signals that democracy is still alive in our country; and as it prevails, no one shall trample on the people’s right to vote for their choice of candidate.

 “We have always held that elections are won and lost on election day. Let us all adhere to that,” he continued.

 The two Marcoses were not included in the latest tentative list of presidential aspirants in the May 2022 elections.

 Tiburcio Marcos himself filed a petition to cancel Bongbong’s certificate of candidacy on the grounds that the son of former dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, was an impostor.

The Comelec has junked the petition. 

 Marcos Jr. himself was also subject of a petition to declare him a nuisance candidate, which the poll body also denied.

 Another petition seeking to cancel Marcos Jr.’s candidacy for president is still pending before the Comelec as well as four other disqualification cases.

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