Palace says B&W rejection proves Comelec independence


Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) rejection of the Black and White (B&W) Movement’s attempt to register as a party-list group was proof of the poll body’s independence, Malacañang has claimed.

“I have always maintained [the] Comelec is a constitutional commission, separate, and independent from the Executive Branch. They based their decision on the appreciation of their own rules,” said presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

Lacierda, who is a former member of the civil society group, declined to say whether he was personally disappointed with the Comelec decision.

The Comelec’s first division denied the group’s petition for registration as a regional political party under party-list system, saying that the involvement of women, urban and youth in its main advocacy of good governance was “merely incidental.”

The Black and White Movement, which is perceived as being proadmnistration, listed Leah Navarro, Marco Cabrera, Jose Morales, Mary Shinn Ramos and Nolasco Apolonio as its nominees.

The Comelec has disqualified at least 69 groups in its purge of party-list organizations in the run-up to the 2013 elections, on the ground that these groups did not represent marginalized sectors.

Lacierda said the Comelec was undertaking the purge in accordance with the intent of the framers of the Constitution.

“Whether it is correct or not, that is now the subject of petitions before the Supreme Court,” he said.

The Kontra Daya poll watchdog group on Thursday said the Comelec should also disqualify the Akbayan party-list group because it did not represent marginalized groups and was allied with the Aquino administration.

“Completely douse all doubts on the independence of the poll body from Malacañang and the Liberal Party by disqualifying Akbayan, which remains to be their biggest test,” said Kontra Daya spokesperson Fr. Joe Dizon.

“The people cannot afford to relax until the entire system is completely purged of fake party-list groups,” he said.

A third party-list group on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to stop the Comelec from disqualifying it to run in the 2013 polls.

The Ako Bicol and the Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives, which were also disqualified by the Comelec, went to the high court earlier to petition against their disqualification. With reports from Philip C. Tubeza and Christine Avendaño

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  • padrefaura

    eh yung akbayan at anakbayan? 

  • $17531445

    There goes the palace again jumping to a hasty conclusion. It also pointed out the non-passage  (thus far) of the RH Bill as proof of the independence of Congress even as house leader Gonzales  was crying for help from the palace.

  • Myra Manalang

    Fr. Joe Dizon has no moral authority to speak ala “non-aligned” electoral watchdog. He is clearly biased for Bayan Muna as being one of them. Kontra Daya is a fake watchdog instead of saying for example, Akbayan as a fake partylist. 

  • Jomex

    i think the Black and White Movement is a religious group, please correct me if im wrong.

  • disqusted0fu

    this doesnt prove anything. Lacierda is trying to fool the people again.
    for all we know, the disqualification of the black and white movement
    could just be a sacrificial lamb for other administration – allied parties.
    deception is what the administration does best. its just that they have
    been doing it right from the get go so its getting kind of predictable now.

  • turkak

    hahaha pero masamang masama ang loob ng Malacanang kay Brillantes dito. Brillantes malapit ka ng matulad kay Bartolome malamang lamang bago mag-election may kapalit ka na. hahahahahaha

    Kundi ka ba naman engot, Black @ White doesn’t represent any marginalized sector in the society. Right there na nag-apply pa lang ito dapat binasura na agad at hindi na na-sensationalize pa. Kung talagang sincere ka Brillantes ! you should have scrap Akbayan when you assume as Comelec Commissioner.

  • Jon

    “Whether it is correct or not, that is now the subject of petitions before the Supreme Court,” he said.

    In short, di ko siya bet.

  • Cal_Reznick

    So one group doesn’t get accepted and it somehow proves everything.

    Its like a chain smoker on Friday claiming he longer is a chain smoker because on Tuesday he only smoked and finished 2 packs instead of 3.

    The Palace needs better reasoning to justify their claims.

  • speaksoftlylove

    I was correct that the Black and White Movement does not represent a marginalized group because they represent only models in the ramp who parade in black and white outfits, paint companies, and show makers whose favorite products are colored black and white, lol. Anyway, what’s with these groups who conveniently affixed “bayan” in their party? I’ll tell you what. Bayan Muna is the father, Anakbayan is the the son, while Akbayan is of course the grandson. They are establishing a political dynasty, whew rolf!

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