• SC junks disqualification of Senior Citizens party-list

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    The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed the disqualification of the Senior Citizens party-list.

    During Tuesday’s en banc session, the SC granted the petition filed by the Senior Citizens party-list seeking to have their representations in the House of Representatives.

    The SC reversed the disqualification ruling of the Commission on Elections which disallowed the said party-list to have representations in the 16th Congress.

    Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, writer of the decision in the case, led the SC en banc in making the ruling.

    The SC en banc ruled to dismiss the findings of the Comelec that the Senior Citizens party-list must be disqualified in the May 13, 2013 elections for lack of merit.

    The Comelec en banc disqualified the said party-list group on the basis of the term-sharing agreement of their nominees.

    However, the SC ruled the term-sharing agreement is an internal agreement in the said party-list group and cannot be used by the Comelec as a ground for its disqualification since it has earned the mandate of the people.

    Because of the SC ruling, the Senior Citizens party-list is now entitled to two seats in the House of Representatives.

    Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Aranal Sereno earlier issued a temporary restraining order against the disqualification of the Senior Citizens party-list.

    However, the said TRO was later lifted by the SC en banc and instead a status quo ante order was issued based on the recommendation of De Castro. PNA

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