THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has delisted and canceled the registration of 39 party-list organizations for failure to obtain a seat or obtain at least 2 percent of the vast cast for the part-list system for two consecutive elections.
Comelec spokesman James Arthur Jimenez said on Friday the decision was approved by the Comelec en banc under Resolution No. 9932, which was promulgated on February 12.
The Comelec, in the same resolution, also 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.
The poll body further stated its ruling “is without prejudice to the failure of the retained party-list groups or organizations to file a manifestation of intent to participate in the 2016 National and Local Elections, and to the filing of any petitions for cancelation or disqualification against any party, organization, or coalition and/or its nominees for the 2016 National and Local Elections.”
The party-lists organizations that were delisted and whose registration were canceled are as follows: Alliance of Advocates in Mining Advancement for National Progress (AAMA); Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong (AANI);
Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang-Bukid at Mangingisda (ABA); Abante Katutubo Inc. (ABANTE KA); Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen International Inc. (A BLESSED Party-list); Alliance of Bicolnon Party (ABP-Bicolnon); Action Brotherhood for Active Dreamers Inc. (ABROAD); Agrarian Development Association (ADA); Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak Maharlika (ADAM);
Alliance for Philippines Security Guards Cooperative (AFPSEGCO; Agila ng Katutubong Pinoy (AGILA); Akap Bata Sectoral Organization for Children Inc. (AKAP BATA); Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido Tinig ng Masa (AKMA-PTM); Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga Inc. (AKO); Adhikain at Kilusan ng Ordinaryong Tao para sa Lupa, Pabahay, Hanapbuhay at Kaunlaran (AKO BAHAY); Action League of Indigenous Masses (ALIM); Alyansa Lumad Mindanao (ALLUMAD); Alyansa ng OFW Party (ALYANSA NG OFW); Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz (AMS); Ang Ladlad LGBT Party (ANG LADLAD); Sectoral Party of Ang Minero (ANG MINERO); Association for Righteousness Advocacy in Leadership (ARAL); Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction (ARARO); Alliance for Rural Concerns (ARC); Abante Tribung Makabansa (ATM); Bayani (BAYANI); Firm 24-K Association Inc. (FIRM 24-K); Green Force for the Environment – Sons and Daughters Of Mother Earth (GREENFORCE); Hanay ng Aping Pinoy (HAPI); Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan All Filipino Democratic Environment (KAAKBAY); Katribu Indigenous Peoples’ Sectoral Party (KATRIBU); Kababaihang Lingkod Bayan sa Pilipinas (KLBP); Pilipino Association for Country Urban Poor Youth Advancement and Welfare (PACYAW); Pasang Masda Nationwide Inc. (PASANG MASDA); Union of the Masses for Democracy and Justice (UMDJ); United Movement Against Drugs Foundation Inc. (UNI-MAD); Veterans Federation Party (VFP); and Youth Organization Unified for the Next Generation of Pinoys (YOUNG PINOYS).
Under Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-list System Law, the Comelec may remove or cancel the registration of a party-list group if it fails to participate in the last two preceding elections, or fails to obtain at least 2 percent of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two preceding elections for the constituency in which it has registered.
A party-list group may also be removed if it is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association organized for religious purposes; if it advocates violence or unlawful means to seek its goal; if it is a foreign party or organization; and if it is receiving support from any foreign political party, foundation, organization, whether directly or though any of its officers or members or indirectly through third parties for partisan elections purposes.
Also, if it violates or fails to comply with laws, rules or regulations relating to elections; if it declares untruthful statements in its petition; and if it has ceased to exist for at least one year.