Ako Bicol party-list, 12 others disqualified by Comelec in the 2013 elections (Complete list)By Angel Cuala on Oct 10, 2012 in Asia, Local, Politics •
Manila, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced today, Wednesday, October 10, 2012, that the Ako Bicol party-list and 12 other registered party-list groups have been disqualified from participating in the 2013 elections, as listed below.
Ako Bicol party-list logo
Image Credit: Ako Bicol
As noted at local news this Wednesday, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes announced the names of the disqualified party-list groups at the Comelec‘s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. The notably famous Ako Bicol party-list led the list, which now has 3 seats in the House of Representatives.
The Ako Bicol party-list, which topped the 2010 elections in terms of number of votes received that time, is being represented by Rodel M. Batocabe, Christopher S. Co, and Alfredo A. Garbin Jr. A disqualification case was filed against their group in May 2010 for allegedly not representing a marginalized sector.
“They are a duly-accredited political party but they are planning to run under the party-list system without representing any particular sector.” Chairman Brillantes was quoted as saying, noting that all of the disqualified party-list groups revoked unanimously by their agency committee.
“They did not file any special petition to run under 2013 elections. It does not mean if you are a political party, you can just run in the party-list system without filing a separate petition, which they did not do,” Brillantes added, but emphasized that Ako Bicol party-list can finish their term, which is until June 30, 2013.
“The position of the Commission is that when you represent a multi-sector, you’re representing actually everybody, in which case then you fall under the regular congressional district.” Brillantes explained further, with Commissioner Grace Padaca not taking part on the decision since she has been newly appointed.
The Comelec has reportedly revoked 27 party-list groups earlier, and Brillantes noted that around 100 other existing groups will be assessed soon after, including Ang Galing Pinoy, a party-group of security guards represented by Mikey Arroyo. Ako Bicol party-list, however, can still bring their case to the Supreme Court.
Below is the complete list of the names of the 13 disqualified party-list groups, arranged in alphabetical order, as announced by Comelec Sixto Brillantes.
1. Ako Bicol
3. 1-BRO Philippine Guardians Brotherhood Inc (1-BRO PGBI)
4. 1Guardians Nationalist of the Philippines, Inc. (1GANAP/GUARDIANS)
5. First People’s Initiative for Indigent Student Athletes (1st PRISA)
6. A Blessed Partylist
7. Alliance for National Urban Poor Organizations Assembly Inc (ANUPA)
8. Alliance for Rural Concerns (ARC)
9. Association for Righteousness Advocacy on Leadership (ARAL)
10. Atong Paglaum
11. Organization of Regional Advocates for Good Governance Onward Nation-Building (ORAGON)
12. United Movement Against Drug Foundation Inc (UNIMAD)
13. Yes We Can
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