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Comelec OKs 4 new party-list groups, disqualifies 4 others

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Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday allowed four new party-list groups to run in the May 2013 polls, but disqualified four others.

The new party-list groups accredited by the Comelec were 1-Abilidad, Inc.; Ating Guro (AG); Sanlakas; and Anti-War/Anti-Terror Mindanano Peace Movement (Awat Mindanao).

This brings to 83 the total number of party-list groups now allowed to run in next year’s elections.

The Comelec, however, denied the accreditation of four new party-list applicants. Disqualified were Isang Kasambahay Po Asso. Inc. (1-Kasambahay Po); Aasenso Sa Barangay (Asbi-Lakan); Ang Alyansa Laban Sa Pang-Aapi Sa May Kapansanan At Pang-Aabuso Sa Likas Na Yaman (Alay-Akay); and Urban Poor Development And Services (UPDS).

Total of 182 disqualified

There are now 182 party-list groups disqualified by the Comelec, 55 of which have been cancelled of their accreditation while 127 were denied registration.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes advised congressmen of disqualified party-list groups that instead of conducting a legislative inquiry, they should just wait for the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on their fate in next year’s elections.

“They should realize that they are already at the Supreme Court, so why still investigate? So they can say that we were wrong? But what if we are sustained by the SC, then they will be the ones embarrassed. But if they win, what is left for them to gripe about? Then we will admit we were wrong,” said Brillantes.

Mandate

He insisted that the Comelec had the mandate to approve or disqualify all party-list groups—whether those with existing accreditations or new applicants—who want to participate in the elections.

“If they continue with the investigation, we will face them and say they are always subjected to questioning by the Comelec every time they apply,” he stressed.

Rep. Agapito Guanlao of the disqualified Butil party-list had already said he would seek a congressional probe of Comelec’s ongoing purge of party-list groups for the 2013 polls.


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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Comelec , Government , Party-list System , Politics


  • UrHONOR

    MAHIRAP nga naman yong BIGLANG mawawala ng malaking kabig na kita….kahit walang ginagawa.  Natural lang yong magrereklamo ang mga TNL na na-apektuhang yon dahil ano ngayon ang kanilang gagawin sa paghanap ng ganung kalaking kita at poder at perks?  HINDI pa kasi tanggapin na lamang at better lucl nalang next time.  Give way to the newly-approved ones and hope they do better than your do-nothing during you kew king term.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TLH2VTHZBACD7ZHIQYZF2QYMWA Nature

    Di pa kasi tanggalin ang party list system na yan. wla namang mga accomplishment yung mga nakaupong party list diyan. nagngangawa lang, tapos sinusuwelduan ng mga mamamayan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6YY66XPT63YFGHDKYTMIO4CM Daniel

    I don’t really think these politicians of various Party Lists are truly after the welfare of their so-called “marginalized constituents”. It is only a “smoke screen” on their part, I believed. What they are really after is the “pork barrel” for their greedy ambitions and self interests.

    Scrap this “allocation” in congress and abolish the Party List System. This will generate “savings” in government coffers.

    • randyaltarejos

      You got it. Scrap the pork barrel and I wonder if these aspiring politicians will ever join the political fray.

  • randyaltarejos

    Pork barrel is the magnet that attracts people to aspire for elective posts in government.

  • Your_King

    Why does Aquino and his Comelec keep putting out so much information and data about party-lists? Is that the only issue the Comelec has to deal with for the elections? Or is it because they are neglecting other aspects that are part of elections?



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