MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Wednesday said party-list groups affected by the Comelec's purge should not vent their ire at the Palace but bring their questions to the Supreme Court.
"The party-list groups must remember that the Comelec is a constitutional commission, separate and independent from the Executive branch," Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
"So I think the proper venue for them is to raise a petition before the Supreme Court if they have been disqualified. And, before that, there would be no justiciable controversy on party-list groups. Those who have already been disqualified certainly would have the right to raise their issues before the Supreme Court."
'Padaca shouldn't inhibit'
Meantime, the Palace finds no reason why Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca should inhibit from election cases that she has no personal interest in.
"(Comelec Chairman Sixto) Brillantes is a PNoy appointee. I mean, every time there's a vacancy in the Comelec, the President is mandated under the Constitution to appoint. So he appoints on the basis of independence, integrity. I don't see any reason why she should inhibit herself because primarily her role as a Comelec commissioner is to decide on election cases unless she is personally involved in any party of which she is not for the moment. So I don't see any reason why she should inhibit herself. Otherwise, she would be abandoning her duty without any rhyme or reason," Lacierda said.