Ating Guro urges SC to nullify Comelec's party-list ruling

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2016 12:38 AM

Ating Guro party-list group on the campaign trail. Photo courtesy of Ating Guro/Teachers' Dignity Coalition

MANILA - A petition was filed by party-list group Ating Guro with the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday to prevent fellow party-list group Coop-Natcco from obtaining a second seat at the House of Representatives.

The 24-page petition assails Commission on Elections (Comelec) Minute Resolution No. 16-0394 which denied Ating Guro's petition for Correction of Entry/Correction of Manifest Error(with Motion to Annul Proclamation or Suspend the Issuance of Certificate of Proclamation to 2nd Nominee of Coop-Natcco) filed with the poll body last May 23. 

Ating Guro accused the poll body of issuing the resolution with grave abuse of discretion. 

Citing the high court's decision in Banat vs. Comelec, which states that "proportional representation on the additional seats which a qualified party is entitled to shall be computed in proportion to their total number of votes," Ating Guro insists that Coop-Natcco (Cooperative Natcco Network Party) is not entitled to an additional seat (second seat) in Congress. 

Applying the formula in Banat, Ang Guro stresed that the resulting product assigned to Coop-Natcco was not a whole integer, which means that it may not be entitled to a second seat. 

Ating Guro asked the SC to direct Comelec "to determine and proclaim the party-list next in rank after Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc.(Agbiag!) Party-list."

Ating Guro urged the SC to immediately issue a temporary restraining order (TRO).

Ating Guro obtained 237,566 votes in the May 2016 polls, while Coop-Natcco obtained 671,699 votes and was declared as one of the winners with one guaranteed seat and an additional seat based on the assailed resolution.