Comelec urged to defend decision against ‘fake’ partylist groups

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Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares speaks before the crowd during a rally at the Comelec Monday calling on it to defend its decision to disqualify the fake partylist groups. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines – A multisectoral group on Monday held a protest rally in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), urging it to stand firm on its decision to disqualify the “fake party-list groups” and to “demand reconsideration from the Supreme Court.”

“We call on the Comelec to defend its decision in disqualifying these fake party-list groups and demand reconsideration from the Supreme Court (SC),” it said in a statement.

“Makabayan urges the SC to reconsider its highly unpopular decision and preserve the long established social justice doctrine that the party-list system is only for the marginalized and the underrepresented,” it said.

Members of Makabayan are groups and partylists Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Act Teachers, Kabataan, Piston, Migrante, Akap Bata, Katribu, Kalikasan, Aking Bikolnon, and Courage.

Piston and Kabataan are under disqualification proceedings for violations of the campaign poster rule.

The SC earlier issued a decision allowing 41 partylist groups out of the 54 that were disqualified by the Comelec to run in the May 2013 elections.

Comelec maintained that they will follow the SC decision and will have to conduct hearings of the cases again using the new guidelines set by the SC, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters.

“Considering the length of time we have or don’t have, it’s possible [we will conduct] back to back hearings, daily hearings, marathon hearings,” Jimenez said.

He clarified that the Comelec en banc can set rules in order to finish the hearing of the cases faster.

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  • carlorocci

    What kind of Supreme Court we have? Supreme Court of the elite and corrupt.

  • generalproblem

    all partylist are fake. why we need these partylist they dont have anything to offer to the people.

  • virgoyap

    This is a good move by the militant party lists. The Philippines will be in chaos if they allow moneyed people to be part of the party lists. Even the underworld groups will have their own party lists.

  • speedstream2

    Are there people in high places who are out to torpedo the elections?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    NEXT ELECTION ang NO.1 ay ang SWAT PARTY LIST. SAMAHANG WALANG ASENSO SA TRABAHO!!! 5 months lang tanggal na, underpaid at overworked pa.

  • joshmale2004

    These GMA appointed judges can create rules not provided in the Constitution with regards to Partylist but can not do the same for the Anti Political dysnasty provided in the Constitution. these remaining GMA appointed justices are indeed self serving justices…

  • joshmale2004

    GMA appointed judges did it again. 7 of them. I would not be surprised at all when they decide the RH Bill as unconstitutional based on “Right to Life” argument they accorded to GMA before…

  • disqusted0fu

    Aren’t these protesting groups still not used to the Comelec??? The Comelec under the leadership of Brillantes is not known for taking action. It didn’t do anything about the problems of the PCOS machines and its source code, as well as it doesn’t do anything about the candidates who continuously violate the campaign rules. What else should you expect from the Comelec???

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