Comelec to continue party-list purge

by Jojo Malig,

Posted at Nov 13 2012 09:06 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2012 07:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will continue to cleanse the ranks of party-list groups despite reports that the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the disqualification of 4 groups, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said Tuesday.

Brillantes said on Twitter that the high court's decision will not affect the poll body in its campaign to remove unqualified party-list groups.

"It will not deter us from continuing with d purging of unqualified party-list groups. We will continue to come out with decisions in the coming days," he said.

Brillantes said the Comelec will still respect and abide by the Supreme Court's status quo ante (SQA) order in relation to the petitions of 4 delisted party-list groups  AKO BICOL (AKB), Association of Philippine Electric Cooperative (APEC), 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc. (1-CARE), and Alliance of Rural Concerns (ARC).

"Inspite of this, we stand by our decision and maintain that the delisted groups do not represent any marginalized sector, hence not qualified," he added.

"Also, the SQA order has no immediate effect as the configuration of the PCOS machines and printing of ballots will not start until late this year," the Comelec chief said.

"As of now, we will await for the decision of the Supreme Court on the merits of the 4 petitions and hope for their immediate resolution,"  he added.