• Comelec defies SC ruling on poll winner

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    Despite a ruling of the Supreme Court (SC), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will not proclaim the Abang Lingkod party-list, Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said on Thursday.

    The poll body had disqualified Abang Lingkod, which had won enough votes to qualify for a seat in the House of Representatives on its second try. But after it lost in its first bid for a party-list seat in 2010, the poll body deemed Abang Lingkod as lacking the necessary track record to run for a seat. In the elections earlier this year, the group won enough votes for a single seat in Congress, but could not take that seat because it had been disqualified by Comelec.

    The party list group then went to the high tribunal, which decided that they had won fair and square.

    Brillantes admitted that he was taken aback by the high tribunal’s decision, but noted that the decision of the SC is not yet final, adding that they will file a motion for reconsideration before the court.

    “Hindi pa naman kasi final ‘yun e, aapila pa kami. Ginagawa na siya . . . matagal pa naman siguro ‘yun [It’s not yet final, we will appeal. We are preparing our appeal…it will take some time],” Brillantes said.

    “Hindi ko pa nababasa ang buong decision, pero tingnan natin ‘yung dissenting opinions nun [I have not yet read the decision, but let’s see the dissenting opinion],” he added.

    The poll body chief admitted that “they were surprised by the decision of the SC,” explaining that their decision to disqualify the Abang Lingkod is “clear.”

    In a vote of 10-4, the SC ordered the Comelec to proclaim Abang Lingkod among the winning party-list groups in the May 2013 elections, and to allow it the number of seats entitled to them, based on the total number of votes it garnered during the elections.

    Based on reports, the Abang Lingkod garnered 260, 215 votes, thus entitling the group to get one seat in the House of Representatives.

    Abang Lingkod is a sectoral organization representing farmers and fishermen, which joined the May 2010 elections, but failed to garner the number of votes needed to have a seat on the Congress.

    On May 31, 2012, Abang Lingkod manifested before the Comelec their intent to participate in the 2013 polls, but after several hearings, the poll body cancelled their registration for failure to establish its track record in uplifting the cause of the marginalized and underrepresented groups.

    The court said that the Comelec has committed an error when they insisted on requiring the group to prove its track record even if this is not required.

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    6 Comments

    1. Noong panahon ng martial law, kahanga-hanga si sixto brillantes dahil naging matapang siya at ipinaglalaban ang karapatan ng mamamayan,,, ngayon kabaliktaran ang ginagawa niya… sunud-sunuran siya sa amo niyang penoy president hanggang sa puntong pandaraya sa eleksyon… bakit ka nagkaganyan mr. sixto click?????

    2. The people should demand that we go back to manual counting in 2016…period!

      2 beses na tayong nadaya…2009 and 2013…

      TAMA na ang mga DILAWAN at Yellow Ribbons, ke Roxas o Binay…NO MORE

    3. Palabas lang niyan ni Brilliantes. He couldn’t afford to be cited by the SC for contempt. He is too important for the 2016 elections. He is the only expert on hocus-PCOS. Remember? They tried it with Noy2 and it worked, and he almost did it to perfection in the last election; 60-30-10 results in all regions of the country. The truth of the matter is that he is just showing off, in the hope that by his display, the public will believe in the integrity of the COMELEC in holding “clean” elections. So that in 2016, when the hocus-PCOS augmented by “dagdag-bawas” goes in to effect for Roxas, they think that with what they are showing now, the electorate would would then assume that the elections were clean. Oh what a nerve. Mr. Brilliantes, what do you take us for, katulad nininyong mga gongong?

    4. President Aquino’s evil genius is behind his, the Liberal Party’s and his corrupt allies’ hold on power, government funds. The military and the national police are securely under his loyal men’s control. Mr. Aquino controls the Commission on Audit (read Tiglao’s column which I have just done and commented on) and the Commission on Elections, both of which should be independent constitutional bodies. The evil genius behind Aquino will surely make his band win the presidency, the majority of House and Senate seats in the 2016 election.

    5. Arch.Angel(Lito) Lingan Mallonga on

      What is this again. remember that Abang Lingkod truly represents the Farmers and the Fisher folks. This are the victims again of those got hit in Layte, Samar, ilo-Ilo Aklan . Aba na man Sexto Brillantes. Nasaan na ba iyong ipinag lalaban natin noong bago deklera ang Martial Law. Nakalimutan mo na ba ito.Well, may kasabihan nga pag naka upo na sa puwesto wala na iyon. Sa it is just show off na lang noon para makilala ka sa new noong panahon natin. Itama mo naman sana iyong atin ipinag lalaban noon. Mismong mga Pinoy na taga abroad na tumakbo sa atin, Pinoy na ipinaganak sa atin sa Pinas, kapwa magulang Pinoy disqualified mo. Eh ito sana ang makakatulung sa atin upang paunlaran ang bansa natin.Hidi ito mga HONORABLE na leaders na kayang magurakot sa kaban ng taong bayan tulad gayon sa PORK BARREL AT DAP. Sabi sa atin ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES. Nakakahiya nang sabihin ito sa buong mundo. Kaya ko ito sinasabi gayon sa Pilipino gayon ay upang hindi na maintindihan ng mga tago ibang bansa pag itriinanslate ko pa lahat sa English.

    6. During the time of the late President Garcia, “Cosme Garcia” was the Chairman of the Commission on Election. A lot of people question the integrity of the Commission then and eventually they call the Comelec – Cosmelec.

      Now a lot of people are questioning also the integrity of the Commission on Election under Sixto. I hope and pray they will not call it “Sixto click”.