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After Oxford University Special Diploma issue, desperate Dilawans now wants BBM disqualified for tax evasion case?

“Pag ang puno ay hitik sa bunga, binabato”.

This Filipino or Tagalog saying perfectly describes the situation of presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos or BBM for short who is being attacked left and right, front and center by supporters of his rivals, even fellow presidential aspirants using old and rehashed issues against him.

After the Oxford University Special diploma issue, here comes the tax evasion issue raised by former Justice Carpio, saying BBM might be disqualified for failing to file income taxes from 1982-1985.

However, the lawyers behind the FB page Luminous (Atty, Trixie and Atty. Ahmed) disagree with Justice Carpio.

Citing the Omnibus election code, Atty. Trixie argued that an individual can only be disqualified for 5 years if he was convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.

Please read the original FB post of the Luminous for a clear explanation on the subject matter.

Sabi ni Justice Carpio maaaring ma disqualify daw si BBM dahil hindi ito nag file ng income taxes nuong 1982-1985.

Hindi kami sangayaon.

Ayon sa Omnibus Election Code madidisqualify ng limang taon ang isang kandidato sa eleksyon kapag ito ay nahatulan ng parusang higit sa 18 months o na convict sa isang krimen na may moral turpitude.

Ang ibig sabihin ng moral turpitude ay yung krimen na sobrang sama (“an act of baseness, vileness or depravity”).

Dahil mismong Supreme Court ang nagsabing napalawal ng depinisyon ng moral turpitude, ina-identify nito ang mga specific crimes na may ganun tulad ng graft, libel, rape, abduction, concubinage, bigamy, robbery, murder, theft, perjury, fencing, forgery, intriguing against honor, at iba pa.

Di po kasama dito ang failure to pay taxes.

Ayon kay Justice Carpio, maaaring gawing argumento na masama nga ang ilang beses na di nag file ng income taxes. Kaya niya sinasabi yun, ay dahil sa ngayon, walang batas o juriprudence na nagsasabing may moral iyon. Kaya “a cse can be made for…” that lang.

Tila nagpapahiwatig si Dating Justice Carpio, na pwede pang kasuhan ng disqualification si BBM.

Eto ang problema. Matagal na po yung kaso. Matagal nang nahatulan at ilang beses nang tumakbo si BBM sa ibat ibang posisyon sa gobyerno. Tapos ngayon nila kakasuhan kung kelan malakas at may pagkakataong manalo sa halalan? Di naman kaya masyadong halata?

Mahina.

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Source: Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan

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