• MILF registers own political party

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    THE Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has filed an application for registration and accreditation of its regional political party with the Commission on Elections (Comelec), signifying its readiness to join mainstream politics starting in the 2016 national and local elections.

    Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Friday said a certain Yasser Ebrahim filed the application for registration of the United Bangsamoro Justice Party (UBJP) on behalf of the MILF on May 6.

    “This is an effort to go mainstream in keeping with their policy from bullets to ballots,” Jimenez said.

    The MILF organized UBJP as a political party last year after it signed a peace agreement with the government to end more than four decades of conflict in Mindanao.

    Jimenez said that aside from the UBJP, 91 other party-list organizations, coalitions and new political parties have also filed their applications as of 12:45 p.m. Friday, while 126 registered groups have filed their manifestation to participate in next year’s polls.

    Jimenez said that all applications would undergo in-depth evaluation and all documents will be closely examined before they are approved or disapproved.

    The Comelec has set a May 8 deadline for the filing of registration and manifestation of intent to participate in the 2016 elections.

    Comelec Resolution 9366, promulgated on February 21, 2012, states that “organized groups not yet registered with the Commission on Elections may file a petition for registration under the party-list system. An organized group already registered need not register anew. However, it shall file with the Commission a manifestation of intent to participate in the party-list election.”

    Only organized groups duly registered with the Commission and which have manifested their desire to participate in the party-list election may participate in the Party-list System of Representation in the House of Representatives, the Comelec added.

    Earlier, the Comelec en banc approved Resolution No. 9932, which delisted and cancelled the registration of 39 party-list organizations for failure to obtain a seat or obtain at least two percent of the votes cast for the part-list system for two consecutive elections.

    In the same resolution, the poll body ruled that the automatic review of accredited party-list groups or organizations whose registrations are retained shall not be implemented for the coming 2016 national and local elections.

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    1. sonny dela cruz on

      Nothing wrong with that, SO YOU CAN TRASHED THE BBL THEN, YOU’RE NOW PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES. One flag, one nation and one Constitution.

    2. So possible na rin maging political party ang BATANG CITY JAIL, SIGE-SIGE SPUTNIK , OXO etc.