MANILA (UPDATE) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes announced the en banc's unanimous approval of the application of Ang Nars party-list group and the exclusion of 10 more groups from the party-list race.
Brillantes said Ang Nars was allowed because they represent the marginalized group of professionals: nurses.
Ang Nars nominated the following:
Leah Primitiva Paquiz,
Lydia Arco Palaypay,
Chris Gonzales Sorongon,
Caridad Moncal Galban, and
Anna Marie Kapunan.
The en banc cancelled the registration of 2 existing groups, ABOT TANAW, Abot Tanaw: Dante G. Guevarra Dennis N. Villa-Ignacio Ancel V. Cañete Ramoncito B. Cabalu Winston G. Desiderio
Action Brotherhood For Active Dreamers, Inc. ABROAD: Danilo M. Dy Michelle P. Mabag Diana Rose A. Delgado Angela C. Dy Micaela Sy Fenix Association of Guard, Utility Helper, Aider, Rider, Driver/Domestic Helper, Janitor, Agent,Nanny of the Phils. Inc.GUARDJAN Leonardo B. Olaer Josefa A. Vidal JoJo B. Mangawang Mildred C. Olaer Lilia O. Hontanosas
It also denied with finality the applications of the following:
Ilaw Ng Bayan Ikaw Ang Laging Wagi, Inc. ILAW Gerald Hilarion M. Ramiro Edward O. Gutierrez Romeo A. Penilla Astredes M. Tongcua Napoleon T. Lorena
SAMAHANG ILOCANONG MAGSASAKA,
Samahang Ilocanong Magsasaka SI Manuel Carag Taguba Joel Ramirez Lobo Venturado Morillo Tamang Leal Bacani Domincel Joana Marie Olarte Garrido
ANGAT AHON MAGSASAKA,
UNA ANG EDUKASYON
Una Ang Edukasyon 1-ANG EDUKASYON Atty. Salvador B. Belaro, Jr. Dr. Nestor V. Dela Cruz Prof. Guia T. Goduco Dr. Edith S. Bunuan Prof. Reynaldo Anthony N. Napay
COURAGE, a group of government employees and officials
Angat Ahon Magsasaka AAM Benito C. Salazar Silvestre B. Bonto, Sr. Edmond Edward M. Flaminiano Bilmario B. Coirdero Benjamin V. Villanueva
Guardians of Orphans and Disabled Inc. GOOD Roberto M. Mata Antonio c. Vergara Felix S. Quiamzon Francisco G. Sia Armand A. Martin
Courage Government Employees Party List COURAGE Ferdinand R. Gaite Jane M. Antonio Pedro DS. Escosia, Jr. Rodrigo L. Aranjuez Annie DL. De la Cerna Eric T. Avanzado Antonia H. Pascual Marcial A. Araba Amada D. Dimaculangan Elisa S. Magallanes Roman C. Mamolo Nenita T. Valdez
Brillantes also didn't mind the issuance of a status quo ante order (SQAO) by the Supreme Court stopping the enforcement of the cancellation of the registration of 8 existing party-list groups.
"Wala, walang epekto ang status quo ante, di pa naman naming ineenforce yung desisyon. Ang desisyon will be enforceable come January when we start configuration, which is why nagrerelease pa rin kami (ng cancellation). Pag hindi nila nilift yung SQA before we start configuration, we'll have to add them there. Ibig sabihin, tuloy pa SQA. It has to be before January, we can extend a little."
Brillantes said that should the High Court come out with a ruling on the merits and the ballots have been printed, their votes just will not be counted.
Divided on Akbayan, et al
Brillantes also revealed that the en banc has voted on the fates of Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anakpawis, but he refused to divulge the results for now.
“Because there are dissenting [opinions] on Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis. Basta, hindi unanimous that is why...what we agreed upon is, tatapusin lahat by Friday. We’re going to meet again Monday. We want to finish everything on Monday which is November 19 on all those we are cancelling. Granted ones will come out after [November] 19th, yun na final listing. We’re just coming out with resolution on Friday. Aside from these 10 now, we're coming out with most of them sa Friday. Iisa lang if you want a short answer: they’re not marginalized.”
Brillantes said Akbayan has many similarities and differences with the case of excluded party-list group Ako Bicol. Both are multi-sectoral political parties.
However, Brillantes pointed out that Akbayan has a track record while Ako Bicol has none.
The en banc is also considering the appointment of some of Akbayan’s officials into government posts.
“Matagal na kami...kanina gusto ko na matapos di pa rin. kami kuwan, nagbotohan na kami. I’m not going to discuss Akbayan. We have just voted on it, oo nagbotohan na kami. Divided ang boto, divided. May majority na pero di ko pa sasabihin. I’m not sure kung 4-3 or 5-2. Divided nga eh, more or less pareho ng Bayan Muna--political party, multi-sectoral, may track record, Divided pa rin ang boto. Napagusapan namin halos lahat."
Brillantes pointed out that COURAGE’s accreditation application was denied because their members are government employees and officials.
Brillantes 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. He estimates rulings on 50 more groups.
Brillantes, meantime, said there may be no time for a people’s initiative to impose a ban on political dynasties since there is no more time to validate signatures.