Navarro: Partylist groups allied with Aquino should not be barred by Comelec



MANILA, Philippines—Groups allied with the administration should not be barred from participating in the partylist elections, Black and White Movement’s first nominee Leah Navarro said Friday over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified civil society group Black and White Movement for failure “to evidently show through its Articles of Incorporation, By-laws, history and track record that it represents and seeks to uplift the marginalized sectors of women, youth, and urban poor.”

Following Black and White Movement’s disqualification, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes was quoted as saying that their decision had erased doubts that they were “yellow” (the color of President Benigno Aquino III).

“Why are you going to make us the escape goat? Bakit kami?…I feel that there is bias saka we have to have legal basis,” Navarro said.

“When you are allied with the administration, it does not mean you should be barred from participation. There is nothing in the partylist law which says you should not be allied with the administration,” she added.

The Black and White Movement intends to take their case to the Supreme Court.

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  • PepingCo

    Isa pa itong Black & White Movement. Pangalan pa lang, hindi na pang-party list. Parang pangalan ng fashion brand :-) Tumigil ka nga Leah Navarro. Wala naman kayong nirerepresent na poor or marginalized.

  • Bantay

    ang kakapal ng mga mukha na mga taga BWM.lalo na ito si Navarro.kasakiman lang ang nasa isip ninyo.lalong pahirap kayo sa taong bayan.noon sinisigaw ninyo ang Transparency at Accountability. bakit ngayon tahimik kayo tungkol sa FOI bill?mga kurap din kayo! hoy! ma kunsensya naman kayo!

  • Cal_Reznick

    It seems that being aligned with the Administration is the only way to go. Its like the Administration or bust. Going against the Administration, even though that it part of democracy, is not accepted in the current Philippines. Those who are deemed anti-Administration, like Rep. Magsaysay of Zambales, are penalized somehow. Her area’s PDAF is being withheld i believe to this day. So now the people in those areas are suffering because of it.

  • Jon

    AKBAYAD lang ba ang papayagang makinabang sa pagiging tuta ng adminstrasyon?
    Dapat yung mga ibang grupong bayaran ng gobyerno ay may pagkakataong makinabang din. 

  • agustin

    Black and White is another wing of LP. remember Leah Navarro was the host/speaker of the LP when the senatorial line up for 2013 was announced. she proudly declare that Rissa Honteveros was her relative.

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