Comelec: Mikey can represent security guards in Congress


Posted at May 08 2010 03:26 PM | Updated as of May 09 2010 12:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the disqualification case filed against presidential son, Mikey Arroyo, who is seeking to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives.

Initial reports said the Comelec Second Division has authorized Arroyo 's bid as representative of the Ang Galing party-list group, which represents security guards, FX taxi drivers, tricycle drivers, and street vendors.

With the Comelec's go-signal for the presidential son to run for a party-list post in Congress, there is now a big possibility of having 5 Arroyos sitting in Congress all at the same time.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is also running for congresswoman of Pampanga's 2nd district.

The other Arroyos are Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo, Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo and Mrs. Arroyo's sister-in-law Kasangga party-list Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo.

The other Arroyos in the House are presidential son Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo, the president's brother-in-law Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio Arroyo, and sister-in-law Kasangga party-list Representative Ma. Lourdes Arroyo.

Maza disappointed

Nacionalista Party guest senatorial candidate Liza Maza of Gabriela party-list expressed disappointment over the Comelec Second Division's decision.

"It is shocking and disappointing that the Comelec chose to give weight to the interest of the Arroyos than that of the Filipino people," Maza said in a statement.

Maza and fellow NP guest senatorial candidate Satur Ocampo filed the petition last March 25.

The 2 senatorial candidates said Arroyo should not be allowed to run under the party-list group because of his non-membership in any marginalized or underrepresented sector.

Maza said Arroyo does not have the right to serve as a representative of security guards and tricycle drivers, as he is neither a security guard or a tricycle driver.

She said that she will ask the Supreme Court to reverse the Comele's ruling. With a report from ANC