The issue is a conviction under the 1977 tax code

We share Carmela Noblejas’ complaint (“Terrible miscalculation in the DQ case”, 30/03/2022) regarding the almost predictable conclusion that the Marcos will be back in Malacañang in light of recent polls demonstrating the sheer stupidity of most Filipino voters. How could they in good conscience consider voting for a candidate whose family has ruled this country for decades with nothing but plunder and plunder on their minds?

Noblejas lamented that there was misdirection in the disqualification cases. She is apparently not a lawyer. From what we know of practicing lawyers, they throw in every possible argument in support of their pleadings and see what sticks to the wall. The real problem is the Elections Commission (Comelec), whose members are either secretly in the tank for the Marcos or are just fooling around. In the midst of all the allegations being made, couldn’t they winnow the grain tree?

The crux of the matter is the conviction of Marcos Jr. under the 1977 Internal Revenue Code which nowhere requires “moral turpitude” in convictions under its provisions, plain and simple. Kung hangad is the rule of law, may malinaw na daan. Kung katarantaduhan ang naiisip, napakaraming palusot. It is however the great misfortune of this country that the Comelec was controlled by people appointed by President Duterte who showed affection for the Marcos although he hates the kuno just a “puff of corruption”!

Eventually, the case will end up in the Supreme Court, which is again dominated by appointees from Mr. Duterte who obviously put them there for their loyalty, not to the country, but to him. We have yet to see any of them decide cases in a way that has really caught Mr. Duterte’s attention! Indeed, this country desperately needs heaven’s help!

MELISSA SY-QUIATAN
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