Comelec divided on Akbayan, Bayan Muna et al

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 14 2012 03:47 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2012 11:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. revealed on Wednesday that that the en banc has already voted on the fates of Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anakpawis.

He would not divulge the results for now because there are still dissenting votes. He said another voting may be needed.

“Hindi unanimous, that is why…We’re going to meet again Monday, we want to finish everything on Monday on all those we are cancelling. The granted ones will also come out after [November] 19th, yun na ang final listing…,” he said.

Some names will be released as early as this coming Friday, he said.

Brillantes said Akbayan, an ally of the administration, has many similarities and differences with the case of excluded party-list group Ako Bicol. Both are multi-sectoral political parties.

He pointed out, however, that Akbayan has a track record while Ako Bicol has none.

The en banc is also considering the issue of the appointment of some of Akbayan's officials into government posts. This was raised by some groups in seeking Akbayan’s disqualification.

“I'm not sure kung 4-3 or 5-2 [votes].  More or less pareho ng Bayan Muna, multi-sectoral, may track record, [pero] divided pa rin ang boto. Napag-usapan namin halos lahat,” he said.

Meanwhile, Brillantes pointed out that Courage’s accreditation application was denied today because their members are government employees and officials.

Courage represents rank-and-file public servants.

He said the en banc will also tackle the motion for reconsideration filed by the Black and White Movement.

So far, the poll body has excluded 70 groups in its ongoing purge. They are assessing 50 more.