Mikey Arroyo not running in 2013 polls

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 29 2012 03:48 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2012 03:08 AM

MANILA - Mikey Arroyo is no longer running for elective office in the 2013 polls.

The Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) party-list Representative said, "I have no more political plans for the coming elections and very much looking forward to private life with my family."

The eldest son of former President, now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is on his 3rd congressional term. He was elected congressman of his mother's current congressional district in 2004 and 2007, and party-list representative in 2010.

Arroyo was asked about pronouncements by the Commission on Elections that the AGP risks disqualification after failing to appear in Commission on Elections (Comelec) hearings on the revalidation of existing party-list accreditations.

Arroyo said, "Maybe you should ask Atty. Charlie Chua. He is president of AGP and the person the party tasked to handle these issues."

Chua is the 1st nominee of the group, which represents security guards and tricycle drivers.

AGP faces disqualification

Speaking to ANC, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said AGP failed to send a representative during the poll body's hearing on party-list groups facing possible disqualification.

"They did not appear, they disregarded our notices so our consensus is we are going to dismiss or cancel the certificate of Ang Galing Pinoy," he said.

He added that Comelec will make a final ruling on disqualified party-list groups before the end of September.

"Bago ho ang nominees nila e. Hindi na kasama si Mikey Arroyo. If they do not appear, we will not be able to screen these nominees," he said.

The Comelec chief said AGP is required to submit documents and other evidence that they exist as a group that represents a marginalized sector. AGP supposedly represents security guards, tricycle drivers, farmers and small businessmen.

Brillantes also noted that AGP is the only party-list group that failed to submit evidence or send a representative to the hearing to ask for a postponement.

"A party-list [group] must be a continuing organization. Are they holding meetings? If yes, where are the minutes of the meeting. Where are the statements of contributions and expenditures? All of these are requirements," he said.

He added: "They will not be able to establish this if they do not appear before us."