Labor party-list group urges SC to act on petition vs disqualification

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 22 2019 05:41 PM

MANILA - Some 20 members of the MANGGAGAWA Party-list held a picket in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday and urged the magistrates to act on their petition questioning their group’s disqualification from the 2019 midterm polls.

The Commission on Elections in December disqualified the group after it failed to mention in its application for registration that it is “not an adjunct or a project organized or an entity funded or assisted by the Government.”

The group filed a petition before the high court last Friday, claiming it complied with Comelec’s requirement by stating that it did not receive any support from any organization.

Elmer “Bong” Labog, national president and first nominee of the group, said they went back to the SC on Tuesday during the magistrates' weekly en banc session to appeal to the justices to allow their inclusion in the upcoming elections.

“Sana po ay makita ng ating Korte Suprema at ng ating mga mamamayan na mahalaga ang representasyon ng mga manggagawa sa Kongreso. Mga malalaking sektor ang dala-dala ng MANGGAGAWA Party-list. Sana po ay masuportahan ang mga manggagawa at mga maralita ng ating mamamayan,” he said.

(Hopefully the Supreme Court and our countrymen see that the representation of laborers in Congress is important. We bring with us a huge sector. Hopefully the public will support the workers and the poor.)

“Malinaw naman po ang aming track record sa pakikibaka sa pagtaas ng sahod, paglaban sa laganap na kontraktwalisasyon at magkaroon ng kabuhayan at kapayapaan sa ating bayan,” he added.

(Our track record is clear that we have fought for wage increases, opposed the proliferation of contractualization, and pushed for our country to have livelihood and peace.)

The party-list group claims to represent around a million workers across the country from 4 major groups: overseas Filipino workers through Migrante, transportation workers, urban poor through Kadamay, and Kilusang Mayo Uno.

A source from the SC, however, said there was “no discussion” on Tuesday’s en banc session about the group’s petition.