Comelec disqualifies Black & White, Anad
MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - A group of President Aquino’s allies and another incumbent party-list group were excluded from the 2013 elections by the Comelec.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes announced that the 1st division on October 29 ruled to deny the party-list application of the Black and White Movement.
The Black and White Movement has among its nominees, MTRCB Member Leah Navarro who is also a cousin of Akbayan senatorial candidate, Risa Hontiveros.
Brillantes said that B&W has 5 days from receipt of the resolution to file an appeal, otherwise, the denial becomes final.
The per curiam resolution was handed out by the First Division in a 2-0 vote. Rene Sarmiento and Armando Velasco voted down B&W’s application, 3rd member Christian Robert Lim took no part because he is close to some members of Black and White.
In its ruling, the panel said it was constrained to deny the petition for registration as a regional political party under the party-list system even if the group complied with the requisites of registration as a regional political party in the NCR.
However, it also pointed out that B&W failed to show in its articles of incorporation, by-laws, history and track record that it represents the marginalized sectors of women, urban poor and youth. It pointed out that the group’s primary purpose is to advocate good governance while the by-laws are pro forma. It showed that the track record of the group is also for good governance.
“To us, there is no question that Black and White courageously stood against corruption in government, fearlessly demanded accountability from public officials and zealously advocated good governance in public office," it said.
The ruling also said, “while it may have involved women, urban poor and youth in this advocacy, their involvement is merely incidental to the advocacy for good governance. Black and White failed to mention in its track record its accomplishments pertaining to the women sector. Black and White failed to adduce pieces of evidence to substantiate its claim.”
Navarro declined to comment since they have not yet received their copy of the Comelec’s decision.
Brillantes also announced that the Comelec en banc cancelled the registration of incumbent party-list group ANAD represented in the 15th Congress by Rep. Pastor Alcover and 13 other existing groups.
ANAD was formerly represented by retired General Jovito Palparan.
It also cancelled the party-list accreditation of AME which nominated Jorge Banal, relative of incumbent district rep. Bolet Banal and KAAGAPAY which nominated former Congresswoman Carissa Coscolluela,
ANAD-Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy with nominees: Pastor Montero Alcover, Jr.
BAYANI Guiling "Gene" A. Mamondiong Alvin V. Abejuela Homer B. Bueno Doris S. Nuval Fitrilyn C. Dalhani Marie Marjorie R. Jaramilla Rodrigo D. Bonifacio Israel V. De Castro Atty. Ranibal D. Dilangalen Manuel L. Serra, Jr.
ABANG LINGKOD Joseph Stephen S. Paduano Patrick Leonard S. Lacson William V. Saratobias Eric G. Aguilar Dionisio L. Manuel
A-IPRA Agapay ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance Inc. Melvin G. Lota Mac-Mac B. Bernales Mary Anne P. Santos Jean Annabelle S. Garot Joseph I. Evangelista
GREENFORCE Ramon Ramos Ignacio Nino Pacia Ignacio Atty. Freddie Bersamin Feir Bienvenido Agbayani Jimenez, Jr. Crispin Orencia Peralta, Jr.
FIRM 24-K Artemio T. Lachica Naomi L. Licuanan Rodolfo A. Santoyo, Jr. Reynaldo P. Sy, Sr. Arnulfo C. Balbin Geneve D. Yamson Manuel C. Hermogila Roberto B. Matociños Valeriano G. Ola Norhaida T. Bakil
The en banc likewise denied the petitions of existing political parties to run as party-list groups.
These are: Kabaka- Kabalikat Ng Bayan Sa Kaunlaran Amanda Christina L. Bagatsing—daughter of the prominent bagatsing clan from Manila; Carlito M. Guiang Atty. Reinerosa S. Tinoco Ronald P. Canlas Basilio M. Espiritu, Jr.; and the Alliance of Bicolnon Party: Enrique O. Olonan Neil D. Vargas Efren M. Lumbera Henry Steve R. Olonan Salvador P. Cañaceli, Jr. Paul John A. Bancosta Benjomar P. Salayon Edwin T. Lara Kristian E. Hular Villagracia I. De Leon.
They, however, stay as political parties.
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KALIKASAN, Kalikasan Green Party of the Philippines, which counts among its nominees incumbent Kabataan party-list Rep. Mong Palatino. Raymond De Vera Palatino Clemente G. Bautista Jean Suzanne A. Lindo Ma. Geobelyn L. Beraye Romeo G. Arcilla Francis S. Morales Apollo S. Sangalang.
Brillantes explained there is no consensus yet on Akbayan.
Brillantes explained that the rulings by the en banc are unanimous. All in all, some 20 groups were excluded by the poll body today from the mid-term elections.
Brillantes left out the possibility of a reversal of the division’s ruling on Black and White should it file a motion for reconsideration (MR).
"Di ko pa alam ang boto ng iba, we have to wait for 2 commissioners. Di ko pa nababsa ang division ruling, di pa ko bumoboto, tatanungin niyo boto ko, babashin ko muna 1st division [ruling]. Kaya ko lang in-advance ang announcement para naman hindi kami masyado nasisiraan. Kung may MR, we will be able to resolve it by [November] 14th. 2-0, no part ang isa. Black and White is supposed to be identified with the administration. Baka maconvince pa 'ko na mali ang 1st division," he said.
Brillantes said the 5-day grace period includes weekends.
So, far the poll body has cancelled the registration of 49 groups.
With regards to ANAD, Brillantes said it may have forgotten that its cause--to remove all leftist groups--goes against the high court’s ruling that says that the party-list system is supposed to entice those in the underground to go mainstream. “Sino represent nila anti communist?”
In the case of Kalikasan, Brillantes said the group doesn’t represent any sector as the environment is an advocacy not included in the list of marginalized sectors. “Tignan niyo, kalikasan wala naman sektor yun environment.”
Brillantes pointed out this is the same situation that was raised against APEC which was disqualified weeks ago.
Commissioner Sarmiento his division merely followed the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.
Brillantes said the poll body will finish ruling on all existing party-list groups by November 14. He said groups like Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Anakpwis are contentious. LPGMA has a voluminous opposition.
Meantime, Brillantes announced that the en banc confirmed a division ruling granting party-list accreditation to Pilipinos with Disabilities or PWD.