Mikey's party-list goes to SC to question Comelec ruling

Posted at 12/10/2012 8:19 PM | Updated as of 12/10/2012 8:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The party-list of Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, the Ang Galing Pinoy Party-list, is the latest group to seek the Supreme Court’s intervention on the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) recent ruling disqualifying it from the 2013 elections.

In a 31-page petition filed through lawyer Raul Lambino, the group asked the high court to halt the October 31 ruling of the poll body that disqualified its bid in the May elections.

The group said the Comelec’s finding that it does not represent the marginalized and underrepresented is an “exercise in an arbitrary and despotic manner by reason of passion and hostility.”

“If the petitioner no longer enjoys the confidence of the sector that it represents, then let the people—not the Comelec—say so through the ballot,” it said.

The group said it represents security guards, taxi drivers, and others. Arroyo, the son of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is not anymore the party-list’s nominee for 2013.

The SC may tackle the petition on Tuesday, before it goes into a month-long holiday break.

A total of 33 disqualified party-list groups have already been issued a status quo ante order by the high court.