Comelec to use SALN to scrutinize party-list nomineesBy Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Elections will look into the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth of party-list group nominees who are incumbent members of Congress, Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Saturday.
Brillantes said this was part of the Comelec’s efforts at determining if the party-list groups really represented the marginalized sectors of society.
“Our problem here is if you are a multimillionaire but you are representing the urban poor then that’s a little bit doubtful,” Brillantes said.
“We will use (the SALN) as part (of the review), but that is not our main concern. Our main concern is [finding out if] the sectors that they represent are indeed marginalized and are underrepresented,” he said.
“That is the criteria of the Supreme Court and that is what we are following,” he added.
Brillantes said the Comelec would meet on July 26 or 27 to review the accreditation of party-list groups.
“We’ll spend one whole day and probably the next to discuss the party-lists because we’ve put this aside due to our many activities,” Brillantes said.
“If you will notice also we have yet to come out with a resolution on party-list accreditation. The reason for this is we don’t want to come out with a resolution until we have agreed on the standards that we will follow,” he said.
Brillantes said the Comelec would review the accreditation of the 127 party-list groups that had been previously approved as well as the applications of 172 new groups vying for party-list accreditation.
“In addition to that, we will also review the nominees. So we will take our time in reviewing this,” Brillantes said.
“We just want to have a common standard first between the First and Second Division so that there will be no conflict in the decisions,” he said.