Brillantes sees maximum 120 party list-groups

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2012 04:02 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2012 12:02 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes sees some 100-120 party-list groups running for seats in the mid-term elections.

Brillantes said the poll body will wrap up its purge of the party-list system this week, as it prepares to raffle off the number assignments for the groups in the 2013 ballots.

"We will finish all by the end of the week by Wednesday ...kung matatapos lahat, baka 80% to 90% tapos by Wednesday. Nakikita ko mga 100, siguro maximum 120 ang matitira, both new and old," he said.

Brillantes said they will include in the raffle and ballot printing the groups who secured a status quo ante (SQA) order from the high court, unless the order is lifted before the end of 2012.

"One other problem we'll resolve tomorrow, we're scheduling raffle of assignment of number. We have to kasi kung di include we violate SQA," he said.

The Comelec chief expects only a fraction of those they barred from the elections to seek reconsideration before the Supreme Court.

"30, marami na yan. Malinis naman iba. Most of those who went up [to the Supreme Court} are existing; yung bago, kokonti lang," he said.

The Comelec began its purge by evaluating the applications of 172 groups and the accreditation of 184 groups which ran in 2010.