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Comelec approves miners’ party list

/ 04:36 AM December 28, 2012

Photo shows members of Ang Minero party list. The Commission on Elections has given the green light to the group of small-scale miners to run in the 2013 party-list elections, a ranking Comelec official said Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has given the green light to a group of small-scale miners to run in the 2013 party-list elections, a ranking Comelec official said Thursday.

Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the Comelec en banc granted the appeal of Ang Minero, bringing to 84 the total number of party-list groups that can run in next year’s elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes wrote the decision, Sarmiento said.

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The Comelec First Division earlier denied Ang Minero’s petition to be allowed to run for the party-list elections.

“It was disqualified because it is not marginalized. But it turned out that their nominees are small-scale miners. The Comelec may consider this but nothing is final yet. We are closely looking into this,” said Commissioner Lucenito Tagle.

The Comelec has disqualified 269 party-list groups but 52 of them were able to secure a “status quo ante” order from the Supreme Court.

TAGS: Ang Minero, Commission on Elections (Comelec), Elections, Party list
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