Is Bongbong really dead? Petitioner tells polls panel Marcos is an impostor

Is 'Bongbong' Marcos an impostor? The Commission on Elections has been urged to investigate. - PDI Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer): A petitioner seeking to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has claimed that the latter isn’t really the son of the late dictator, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Thursday (Nov 25).

Tiburcio Marcos claimed in a petition that the real Marcos Jr allegedly died, and the one who currently filed his COC is an alleged impostor.

“For Tiburcio, the principal petition raised was identity, something to the effect that BBM is not BBM, it’s not the real guy,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said at a press briefing on Thursday.

In his vlog in May, Bongbong Marcos already addressed the urban legend that the “real” him is dead.

The urban legend goes that Marcos Jr. was stabbed and died during a scuffle while studying abroad. The Marcos family allegedly looked for Bongbong’s look-alike to replace him.

The former senator belied the urban legend: “For real, this is me, as you can see, for the entire history of my life, I was in the public eye. So don’t worry, this is me.”

Tiburcio Marcos is also running for president in the upcoming elections.

Aside from the petition, there are four other petitions against Marcos’ candidacy: two other petitioners want to cancel his COC, one wants him disqualified, while another wants him to be declared as a nuisance candidate.

Also on Thursday, St. Luke’s Medical Center dispelled doubts about its drug tests after Marcos Jr took a cocaine test at its branch in Taguig City.

Some internet posts and social media comments accused the hospital of fakery regarding the branch format and location.

“The format of the printed test result is standard and common among all healthcare facilities authorised by the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct dangerous drug tests,” it said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

“Regarding the mention of Bgy. Ususan as our location, this is because that is the only available location in DOH Integrated Drug Test Operation Management Information System when St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City was accredited in 2010,” it added.

The hospital advised the public not to post “misleading and inaccurate” information on social media in an advisory.

“St Luke’s calls on everyone to verify the information they receive from others and the information they plan to post online,” it added.

Marcos’ camp was the first to insist on the validity of the drug test results, urging critics not to drag other prominent institutions into their attempt to smear Bongbong.

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