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New Comelec exec inhibits self from previous clients’ cases

/ 10:55 PM March 08, 2022
George Garcia. STORY: New Comelec exec inhibits self from previous clients’ cases

George Garcia, newly appointed Comelec commissioner.

MANILA, Philippines — Election lawyer George Erwin Garcia, a newly appointed member of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), said on Tuesday that he had inhibited himself in the cases of his former clients.

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One of Garcia’s clients was presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“In fact, the reason I did not immediately assume [the post] was that I prioritized inhibiting myself and my withdrawal from all the cases where I had an appearance,” Garcia, speaking partly in Filipino, said in “DZMM Teleradyo.”

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He had been asked for assurance that he would not lean n favor of the cases of Marcos.

“In the end, of course, I will be leaning towards what might be in his favor because I was with him before. That’s why I inhibited myself. The discretion is mine,” he said.

He added that he made a full disclosure of the cases he had handled to the Comelec’s clerk of commission.

He pointed out: “Everyone is expecting that the name I made for myself, no matter how small, I will ruin in just a case. But what will I gain from that?”

A sole disqualification case against Marcos Jr. remains unresolved by the Comelec.

The other cases have been dismissed — two petitions seeking to cancel his certificate of candidacy, a petition to declare him as a nuisance candidate, and the three consolidated cases seeking to disqualify him.

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