Senior citizens group told to name reps now

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Where is the wisdom that is supposed to come with old age?

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned the Party-list group Coalition of Senior Citizens in the Philippines to name their representatives in Congress before their term of office expires. So far, the group has been unable to reach an agreement on who will represent them.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenio Tagle said that they already brought up the representation issue in a recent hearing in Congress.

Tagle said that Comelec proposed that each of the two groups contesting the posts should get one of the two seats allotted for them in order to resolve the issue.
“We proposed that since they have two seats, each faction can just occupy one seat,” Tagle said.

He added that the opposing parties are claiming that they are the legitimate organization; however, they differ with their interpretation of their by-laws which has led to the stalemate.

Tagle said that whoever loses is expected to file a complaint before the Supreme Court.

The nominees of the party-list groups are Francisco Datol Jr. and Amelia Olegario; Efren Santos and Godofredo Arquiza; and Milagros Magsaysay and David Kho.

In the previous election, the group was able to get 677,642 votes earning them two seats at the House of Representatives.

Robertzon F. Ramirez

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