Marcos did not comply with the tax ruling – court

The only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos had failed to pay a fine that an appeals court imposed on him in 1995 for failing to pay his taxes, a lawyer for a group that wanted to exclude him from the presidential election said Friday.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has yet to comply with the final verdict of the appeals court, attorney Theodore O. Te said in a Viber group message, citing a Dec. 2 certificate issued by the Quezon City Court the original decided on the case.

“This is to certify that there are no records in the files of compliance with the payment or the satisfaction of the decision of the regional court of July 27, 1995 or the court of appeal of October 31, 1997,” says a copy of the attorney’s certification .

Mr. Te had requested the certificate from the court.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas of Mr. Marcos, which intervened in his disqualification procedure with the electoral commission, has stated that in 2001 he partially paid a fine of 67,137 pesos.

“The certification just solidifies what we said in the petition,” he said, referring to their disqualification process against the former lawmaker who is running for president next year. “The accused has been convicted and the sentence remains unpunished.”

The Court of First Instance sentenced Mr Marcos in 1995 for not paying income tax in the early 1980s. The Court of Appeal changed the judgment and instead fined Mr. Marcos P 2,000 for each of his three failures in filing income tax returns for the years 1982-1984. He was also fined P30,000 plus interest, for failing to file his tax returns in 1985.

Mr Te said they would refer the matter to the Electoral Commission, where Mr Marcos will face multiple lawsuits for his disqualification.

Paolo Z. Duterte, the eldest son of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the Davao city representative, said he would support Mr Marcos’ candidacy.

“I’ve supported BBM (Bongbong Marcos) from the start,” he told reporters on a Viber group message in Filipino.

Mr Duterte separately told state media that he would support his sister, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is running for vice president alongside Mr Marcos. – Alyssa Nicole O. Tan and Russell Louis C. Ku

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