MANILA (UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to proclaim more party-list winners today, the poll body's chief said.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they will proclaim the winners of at least 39 more slots today. The poll body already proclaimed 14 party-list winners last Friday. This leaves the Comelec with 5 more party-list slots yet to be proclaimed.
Brillantes said that 29 of the 58 total seats will be given to the top 14 groups: three for Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) and 26 for the 13 others.
The thirteen other party-lists, namely: A Teacher, Bayan Muna, 1 Care, Akbayan, Ako Bicol, Abono, OFW Family, Gabriela, COOP-NATCCO, AGAP, Cibac, Magdalo and An Waray will get 2 seats each.
The remaining winning party-list groups, meanwhile, will get one seat each, Brillantes said.
Brillantes said Comelec is withholding the proclamation of the remaining 5 party-lists because the standings can still be affected by some 36,000 votes which will come from the results of special elections.
"We will be proclaiming the remaining party-lists up to at least number 53, depending on the computation of 36,000 votes on special elections to be conducted tomorrow. That's the only hanging issue now," Brillantes told ANC.
Based on the Comelec's initial computation, a party-list group can earn at least 1 congressional seat by getting 2 percent of the votes cast, which is equivalent to around 200,000 votes.
Additional seats may be available to them, as well as to groups with less than 2% of the votes, depending on their share of the party-list votes.
The poll body on Monday denied a plea by disqualified party-list group Senior Citizens to reserve seats for its nominees in Congress as the SC has yet to decide on a petition appealing its disqualification.
Lawyers of Senior Citizens party-list asked the poll body to reserve the two seats they project the party will get based on the number of votes it garnered in the midterm polls, where it ranked 10th in the official tally.
They said this will ensure that Senior Citizens would not be deprived of representation in Congress should the SC rule in their favor.
During a session of the National Board of Canvassers, Brillantes told the party-list group's legal team, "As far as we are concerned, our decision is final and executory."
In a radio dzMM interview on Tuesday, however, Brillantes noted that Senior Citizens has until June 30 to get relief from the SC.
"After June 30, wala na kaming jurisdiction dyan. Pupunta na sa HRET (House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal) iyan," Brillantes said.
Senior Citizens party-list was disqualified because of an alleged illegal term-sharing agreement by its nominees in the 15th Congress.
The Comelec had decided not to include the votes for Senior Citizens and 11 other disqualified groups in determining the winners in the party-list elections.