• Political parties can run in party-list polls

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    THE Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled with finality that political parties, not only marginalized groups, can run in the party-list elections.

    This after the high court junked the motion filed by the three party-list groups questioning the Commission on Elections (Comelec) verdict on the cases of disqualified party-list candidates.

    In the Atong Paglaum Inc. vs. Comelec and consolidated cases, the Court denied the motion for leave to file motion for reconsideration-in-intervention filed by Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela “for having been filed out of time.”

    “Without a motion for reconsideration of the Atong Paglaum decision filed by Comelec, the decision has become final,” Court spokesman Theodore Te stressed.

    The Court said the motion was filed on April 29 or three weeks after the High Court released its decision.

    The Atong Paglaum et al vs. Comelec case included 54 petitions from 52 groups, but it sets new guidelines in determining the qualifications of applicant groups.

    The Court ruling primarily held that the party-list is not limited to so-called marginalized sectors, adding that nominees do not have to belong to the sector that the groups represent.

    Earlier, the Comelec proclaimed several winning party-list groups as it ruled that the disqualification of 11 groups was final.

    The first batch of winning party-list groups were Buhay, A-Teacher, Bayan Muna, 1-CARE, Akbayan, AKB, Abono, OFW, Gabriela, Coop-Natco, Agap, Cibac, Magdalo and AnWaray.

    Buhay Hayaan Yumabong was awarded three seats at the House of Representatives after it garnered 1,265,992 votes, while the second batch of the groups that gained one seat in Congress were Abamin which got 465,989 votes, Act Teachers (453,491 votes), Butil (438,601 votes), Amin (376,932 votes), ACT-CIS (376,175 votes), Kalinga (371,610 votes), LPGMA (370,360 votes), TUCP (368,883 votes), Yacap (366,340 votes), Agri (365, 516 votes), Angkla (360,138 votes), ABS (358,693 votes), Diwa (341, 443 votes), Kabataan (340,573 votes), Anakpawis (321,110 votes), Alay Buhay (316,947 votes), Aambis Owwa (311,110 votes), 1-Sagip (287,060 votes), AVE (270,159 votes), Ating Koop (267,452), 1-BAP (245,237), Abakada (243,994 votes), AMA (243,551 votes), and Ang Nars (242,835 votes).

    Among the disqualified groups were Senior Citizens, Anad, Abang Lingkod, Binhi, Cocofed, Atong Paglaum, KAP, A-IPRA, Smart and Ang Galing Pinoy.

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