Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Saturday said the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court (SC) that stopped the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from proclaiming the last batch of winning party-list groups was unfair.
Macalintal said only the Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines Inc. (Senior Citizens) party-list filed a petition for a TRO, therefore the High Court should not have issued a “blanket” TRO that also affected five more party-list groups.
“With all due respect to the Supreme Court, it is respectfully submitted that its TRO is unfair to and violative of these groups’ constitutional right to due process,” he said, noting that the other groups did not comment on the petition.
The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, immediately complied with the TRO but continued canvassing the remaining votes.
The commission had already proclaimed 38 party-list groups, entitling them to 53 seats in the House of Representatives.