Party-list allowed to run in polls

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Friday, January 4, 2013


THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has officially reconsidered the “Abyan Ilonggo” (AI) to the May 2013 polls as the number 41 choice for an accredited party-list group.

In a text message, Iloilo representative Rolex Suplico said, “Yeheyyy!!Abyan Ilonggo was given No. 41 by the Comelec just now in the ballot for May 2013 elections. It’s now officially a Comelec-accredited party-list.”

To note, AI was among those earlier subject of a Comelec en banc decision calling for its disqualification saying the group is “not marginalized.”

AI lost no time in seeking for Supreme Court (SC) reprieve that was likewise granted following an SC quick ruling for a “Status Quo Ante” (SQA).

With AI’s comeback as official choice for party-list groups, Comelec is expected to draw up its final count thereafter.

AI has since argued against the Comelec’s position stating violations of its constitutional right to due process provided under Republic Act (RA) 7941 or Party-list System Act.

Other party-list groups saved by the SC were the Kalikasan party-list; Association of Local Athletics Entrepreneurs and Hobbyists, Inc. (ALA-EH); Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines Inc. (Sr. Citizen); 1 Alliance Advocating Autonomy (1AAAP); Manila Teachers Savings and Loans Association, Inc.; and Partido ng Bayan ang Bida (PBB).

Also granted SC reprieve was a journalist party-list group Alab ng Mamamahayag (Alam), farmers group Butil and multi-sectoral Aangat Tayo.
Other groups getting the High Court SQA were Atong Paglaum Inc. (Atong Paglaum), Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Aguilang Pilipinong Magsasaka (KAP), Abang Lingkod, Inc. (Abang Lingkod), Firm 24-K Association, Inc. (Firm 24-K), Alliance of Bicolnon Party (ABP), A Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen International, Inc. (A Blessed Party), Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong (Aani), Action League of Indigenous Masses (Alim), United Movement Against Drug Foundation, Inc. (Unimad) and Bayani Party-list.

Also saved were Advocates in Mining Advancement for National Progress (Aama), Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency (Smart), Adhikain at Kilusan ng Ordinaryong Tao Para Sa Lupa Pabahay Hanapbuhay
at Kaunlaran (Ako Buhay), 1 Guardians Nationalist Phil. Inc, (1 Ganap/Guardians), and Green Force for the Environment-Sons and Daughters of Mother Earth (Green Force).

The SC has also issued an SQA in favor of Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido Tinig ng Masa (Akma-PTM), Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala, Inc. (Kakusa), Association for Righteousness Advocacy on Leadership (Aral) and
Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction Inc. (Araro).

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