Arroyo lawyer is party-list nominee

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2012 11:55 AM | Updated as of Nov 07 2012 01:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections on Tuesday chided the group Pasang Masda for naming lawyer Ferdinand Topacio as one of its party-list nominees.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Topacio cannot represent Pasang Masda, a group of jeepney drivers, since he is not a driver. He is also closely identified with former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“Si Attorney Topacio ba driver? Di ba abogado yan ni GMA?” Brillantes asked.

But Pasang Masda’s Roberto Martin claims Topacio is a jeepney operator.

He said if Topacio was the problem, the Comelec should have told the group to change its nominee instead of disqualifying the group.

Pasang Masda will appeal its disqualification before the Supreme Court.