Court records show Bongbong Marcos failed to pay fine in tax evasion case – applicants

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Meeting with Senator Bongbong Marcos (kaliwa) in Atty. Théodore Té

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential hopeful and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. failed to “satisfy” the court ruling in his 1995 tax evasion case, according to Theodore Te, legal counsel to the petitioners seeking to terminate his candidacy for the post of director general.

Te’s statement was based on the Quezon City Branch 105 Regional Trial Court document released Thursday that was released to the media on Friday.

“Among those documents is a certification issued by the acting president that Mr. Marcos Jr. has not satisfied the court’s judgment in these cases,” Te also said in an update on their case on Friday.

Section 105 of the QC BTI stated that there was no record in its file of Marcos Jr.’s “compliance of payment or satisfaction” with the said tribunal’s decision in 1995, as well as the verdict of the Court of Appeal in 1997.

The Court of Appeals, in 1997, changed the Quezon City court ruling to acquitting him of tax evasion, but convicted him of his inability to file tax returns from 1982 to 1985.

The Court of Appeal ordered Marcos Jr. to pay the Bureau of Internal Revenue his deficit income taxes owed with interest and a fine of P 2,000 per count of non-filing of RTI from 1982 to 1984 and 30 000 P for failure to file its 1985 ITR plus surcharges.

He said they would bring the matter to the “urgent attention” of Comelec’s Second Division, which is dealing with the petition against Marcos Jr.

Te is legal counsel to applicants Fr. Christian Buenafe et al, who seeks to revoke Marcos Jr.’s Certificate of Nomination (COC) based on his 1995 tax conviction, claiming that this prevents him from standing as a candidate.

Apart from that, there are five other cases filed with Comelec challenging Marcos’ return to Malacañang.

Marcos also faces another petition to cancel his COC, a petition to see him as a harmful candidate and three more cases of disqualification.

INQUIRER.net is trying to reach Marcos’ side but no response from him or his side at time of posting.

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