Teachers’ group files petition at SC

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Party-list group Ating Guro asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to stop the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from implementing its decision denying the group one seat at the House of Representatives.

In a statement, Ating Guro’s first nominee Benjo Basas said he hopes that the high court will side with them and act on their case quickly. The Comelec en banc on Tuesday rejected Ating Guro’s petition allegedly for lack of legal basis.

The group insisted that it should have been allotted one seat in Congress.

“During the proclamation of the winning party list groups on May 19, Ating Guro was one of the parties that should have been given one seat out of 59 seats reserved for party-list representation for the 17th Congress as evidenced by the Comelec-prepared program of proclamation, draft canvass report and seat allocation. However, the Comelec suddenly allocated two seats for Coop Natcco and none for Ating Guro,” Basas said.

The group argued that Coop Natcco is not entitled to an additional seat because it did not reach the whole integer requirement, and it was not also included in the ranking system for filling out the remaining seats because it already had a guaranteed seat. Thus, the granting of the remaining 35 seats should start from the Akbayan party-list.

Basas said that based on the formula prescribed by the Supreme Court in the Banat vs. Comelec case, Ating Guro was supposed to get the 59th seat.

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