MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to answer the petition filed by the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), a group of government employees, questioning its disqualification to be accredited as a party-list.

SC Deputy Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said the en banc Court resolved to order the Comelec to file its comment to the petition within 10 days, just in time for the poll body’s schedule of printing of ballots for the May 2010 elections on January 25.

In a separate case, the high court denied with finality the petition of the overseas workers’ group Migrante to be allowed to participate in this year’s elections for party-list representation.

Marquez said the group’s motion for reconsideration was dismissed because the group failed to raise any substantive argument that would merit a reversal of the Court’s decision.

The SC upheld the decision of the Comelec to disqualify Migrante from the party-list race after it failed to win seats in the House of Representatives in 2004 and 2007. (ECV/Sunnex)