Comelec urged to defer raffle of party-list bets
MANILA, Philippines – A party-list group is urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defer its scheduled raffle of party-list names tomorrow, January 4, for the mid-term elections until the Supreme Court rules on its pending petition for certiorari.
The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) Coalition on Thursday said it is still waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision on their petition after the Comelec disqualified the group from running in the May 2013 elections.
Party-list nominee Renato Magtubo said the group has complied with all the requirements for accreditation so there is no reason for it to be rejected by Comelec.
Magtubo insisted their group is marginalized and they have a good track record in serving the working class.
“Our coalition is composed of truly marginalized sector, the working class, and our nominees have indisputable track records as veteran leaders of big trade unions and labor organizations,” Magtubo said.
Aside from Magtubo, PM Coalition nominees include Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) president Gerry Rivera, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation’s Annie Geron, Central Negros Electric Cooperative Union president Benjamin Tundag, and Philadelfa Burdeos, former president of the BPI union in Cagayan de Oro City.