MANILA -- Poll watchdog Kontra Daya welcomed the decision of the Commission on Elections disqualifying the nominees of Kasangga Sa Kaunlaran Inc. (Ang Kasangga) party-list Teodorico Haresco and Eugenio Jose Lacson.

The decision promulgated the poll body's first division last July 7, which states that Haresco and Lacson are not qualified to be part of the partylist system because one is a big businessman and the other is a three-term city mayor.

The filing of the petition was led by members of Kontra Daya, including Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., Courage chair Ferdie Gaite, Migrante chair Gary Martinez, Anakbayan chair Ken Ramos, and the National Union of People's Lawyers.

Kontra Daya said the decision on Ang Kasangga should serve now as a precedent for the disqualification of Ang Galing Pinoy's Mikey Arroyo and 1-Utak's Angelo Reyes.

"They should once and for all be booted out of the partylist system for marginalized and underrepresented sectors," the group said. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)