Director asks court to disqualify Calayan

Posted at 04/05/10 5:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court on Monday ordered cosmetic surgeon Manny Calayan to explain why he should not be disqualified from being a nominee of the party list group Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz (AMS).

In his petition, veteran director Romy Suzara, AMS founder, asked the court to disqualify Calayan for failing to meet the 90-day membership rule under the party list law.

Suzara insisted that Calayan only became a member of AMS in March, a claim denied by the cosmetic surgeon. Calayan has maintained that he is a member of the party list group since December.

Suzara also argued that Calayan should not be representing the group in Congress as he criticized the doctor for not knowing the smallest members of the media and entertainment industry such as cameramen.

Reports said Suzara was supposed to serve in Congress, alongside Leo Martinez and Rolando Gonzalo, should AMS win. When the director was removed from the list of nominees, he was replaced by Calayan.

Suzara said his removal was done without due process.

He is asking the court to reinstate him as the No.2 nominee of the party list group. He is also asking at least half a million pesos in damages from Calayan’s group.

The next hearing is set on Monday. -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News