Comelec rejects bids of 12 party-list groups

Posted at 11/23/2012 3:01 PM | Updated as of 11/23/2012 8:29 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has denied the party-list applications of 12 more groups, derailing the bids of 1 former district representative and other former government officials to become party-list representatives.

It also dismissed the bids of groups claiming to represent teachers and household service providers or “maids”.

Chairman Sixto Brillantes named these groups as:

MANILA TEACHERS,
ALA-EH,
SEL-J,
KASAMBAHAY,

1 SERVE THE PEOPLE,
AKO AN BISAYA,
ABYAN ILONGGO,
DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE,

1 PARA SA BAYAN,
1 ALLIANCE ADVOCATING AUTONOMY,
ALAB NG PUSONG PINOY,
AKBAY KALUSUGAN.

Abyan Ilonggo’s nominee Rolex Suplico was a former district representative while former Congressman-turned-Transportation Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez is a nominee  of 1 Alliance Advocating Autonomy.

Kontra Daya previously noted that “First nominee Pantaleon D. Alvarez served as Congressman for the First District of Davao Del Norte from 1998 to 2001.  He also served as the Transportation and Communications Secretary under the administration of Arroyo from 2007 to 2010. Alvarez does not belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sector he seeks to represent. Obviously, he can win in the regular election."

Abyan Ilonggo nominees: Rolex T. Suplico; Diana G. Biron; Jose Christopher N. Fornier II; Lyndeen John D. Deloria; Francis G. Lavilla.

1 Alliance Advocating Autonomy Party nominees: Atty. Pantaleon D. Alvarez; Emmanuel D. Cifra; Atty. Eddie U. Tamondong; Herculano C. Co, Jr.; Alfonso A. Alvarez.
 
The others are:

Manila Teachers' Savings and Loan Association, Inc. Nominees: Virgilio S. Lacson; Paul L. Sembrano; Gil T. Magbanua; Asuncion B. Howe; Angelita L. Alfanie.

Association of Local Athletics Entrepreneurs and Hobbyists Inc. (ALA-EH) nominees: Elmer T. Anuran; Michael V. Maranan; Luis DS. Palicpic; Armando D. Concha; Armando P. Mercader.

Sports Excellence For Healthier Life's Journey (SEL-J) nominees: Jay Y. Lacnit; Alexander L. Acain, Jr.; Restituto S. Fernandez; Titus Arnold G. Alberto; Albert T. Concha, Jr.

Asosasyon ng mga Kasambahay sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KASAMBAHAY) nominees: Rosemarie G. Palma; Ophella P. Javier; Carmelito D. Tungia; Gil C. Llano;
Merlinda R. Adasa.

1 Serve The People nominees: Atty. Mauro John S. Reyes III; Roberto Gomez Brillante; Atty. Stephen L. David; Eufrocina C. Ramos; Zoilo R. Cruz.

AKO AN BISAYA nominees: Rodolfo T. Tuazon; Gerome Dangca Gumabon; Atty. Moises S. Tolentino, Jr.; Rodolfo G. Tuazon, Jr.; Charmagne Carlo S. Uy.
 
Democratic Alliance nominees: Patrick M. McCrann; Maria Carolina V. Taruc; Ferdinand L. Beltran; Irineo A. Diao.

1 Para Sa Bayan nominees: Lorenzo B. Zuñiga, Jr.; Junn B. Magno Pierre Z. Avila; Delfin S. Sarmiento; Manuel M. Ramos.

Alab ng Pusong Pinoy, Inc. nominees: Alfredo M. Ripoii, Sr.; Pepeton DG. Ejercito; Rosario R. Pili; Daylin S. Juayno; Abraham A. Ugalde.

Akbay Kalusugan Inc., nominees: Carmelita P. Crisologo; Corazon Alma G. De Leon; Benjamin A. Moraleda, Jr.; Imelda J. Quirante; Flordeliza P. Peñalosa.

Brillantes explained that “these are all resolutions on reconsideration, denied na itong lahat ng mga ito on reconsideration, di unanimous ito ah, merong dissenting dito.

"Pero majority, ang boto is to cancel. Nagkaroon ng resolution ito sa division, there was an automatic review in the en banc. We voted majority. Ibig sabihin, automatic review which means these are granted in the division but cancelled in the en banc. Ang ruling, di cancelled kungdi, not accredited; not accredited which means their application for accreditation is denied.”

Brillantes said the basis is largely because the groups do not represent marginalized sectors. “General ruing, they don’t fall under marginalized. Manila Teachers, dahil hindi teachers, they’re supposed to represent savings and loan association of teachers. Kasambahay, malamang di mga katulong, baka mga mayordoma ito.”

Brillantes added that Abyan Ilonggo’s case is similar to Ako Bicol which was disqualified, among other reasons, for being a regional multi-sectoral group.

Brillantes added that the same standards will be applied to another group, incumbent party-list An Waray, whose representative, Florencio Noel, is a close ally and personal friend of President Aquino.

Brillantes said more rulings are expected early next week. “Monday or Tuesday we're coming out with more controversial ones, the ones with the closest votes. Those coming out will be 3-3 4-3.”

The Comelec has a self-imposed deadline to finish the purge of the party-list system by next week.