MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Supreme Court has issued another set of status quo ante orders against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in connection with the disqualification of 18 party-list groups, including that of journalists called the Alab ng Mamamahayag (Alam).
ABS-CBNnews.com sources said the halt orders may be issued Wednesday afternoon. Included in the latest list are incumbent groups already with the party-list system such as the farmers group Butil and multi-sectoral Aangat Tayo.
All these groups were supposedly disqualified for not representing the marginalized.
The 18 are:
Atong Paglaum Inc. (Atong Paglaum)
Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Aguilang Pilipinong Magsasaka (KAP)
Alab ng Mamamahayag (Alam)
Aangat Tayo Party-list
Abang Lingkod, Inc. (Abang Lingkod)
Firm 24-K Association, Inc. (Firm 24-K)
Alliance of Bicolnon Party (ABP)
A Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen International, Inc. (A Blessed Party)
Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong (Aani)
Action League of Indigenous Masses (Alim)
United Movement Against Drug Foundation, Inc. (Unimad)
Advocates in Mining Advancement for National Progress (Aama)
Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency (Smart)
Adhikain at Kilusan ng Ordinaryong Tao Para Sa Lupa Pabahay Hanapbuhay at Kaunlaran (Ako Buhay)
1 Guardians Nationalist Phil. Inc, (1 Ganap/Guardians),
Green Force for the Environment-Sons and Daughters of Mother Earth (Green Force)
This brings the number of party-list groups to remain in the 2013 polls – for now – to around 33.