SC junks Oragon plea to reverse disqualification

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 04 2013 01:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 04 2013 09:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) junked the petition of Organization of Regional Advocates for Good Governance Onward Nation-Building (Oragon) for a reversal of its disqualification as a party-list group by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In a 2-page en banc resolution dated Dec. 4, 2012 but released to the media only on Friday, the high court dismissed the petition of Oragon for failure to comply with the requirements under the Rules of Court, and for late filing of the petition.

The high court noted that Oragon failed to attach to its petition duplicate original copies of the assailed Comelec ruling -- a ground for its immediate dismissal. 

"The Court resolved to dismiss the instant petition for certiorari for non compliance therewith, particularly for (a) late filing; and (b) failure to accompany the petition with a clearly legible duplicate original or certified true copy of the assailed judgment in violation of Section 5, Rule 64," the resolution read.

The high court further pointed out that the Comelec did not commit grave abuse of discretion in denying accreditation to Oragon.

"[T]he petition would still be dismissed for failure to sufficiently show that any grave abuse of discretion was committed by the Commission on Elections in rendering the challenged resolution which, on the contrary, appears to be in accord with the facts and applicable law and jurisprudence," the resolution read.