MANILA -- Former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo, one of the petitioners of the disqualification case against Mikey Arroyo, said they will appeal the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc to the Supreme Court.

The disqualification petition was filed by Ocampo and former Gabriela Representative Liza Maza.

“We are determined to protect and foster the intent of the 1987 Constitution to enable truly marginalized sectors to be represented in Congress by their own members, not by big politicians purporting to speak for them," Ocampo told Sun.Star.

The seven-man en banc ruled that Arroyo can sit as representative of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), a party-list group which seeks to represent security guards among others.

Commissioners Armando Velasco, Elias Yusoph, Lucenito Tagle and Nicodemo Ferrer allowed Arroyo to sit while Commissioners Gregorio Larrazabal and Rene Sarmiento sided with the disqualification petition. Comelec chair Jose Melo meanwhile did not participate in the voting. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)