Bro. Mike's party-list nomination questioned

April 5, 2010 10:33 pm 

MANILA, April 5 – A disqualification case against EL Shaddai leader Mariano “Bro. Mike” Velarde as Buhay party-list nominee has been filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

In a seven-page petition, Rolando Layug said that the charismatic leader should be disqualified as one of the nominees of the group as the law prevents the religious sector from participating in the party-list polls.

“There is not only preponderance of evidence but proof beyond reasonable doubt establishing, confirming and vindicating this honorable commission’s finding that Buhay is an extension of the El Shaddai and is illegally and unconstitutionally representing the religious sector,” the petition stated.

Article VI, Section 5 of the Constitution states that elected party-list representatives can be elected from other sectors “except the religious sector”.

Section 6 of the Party-list System Act also adds that registration of a party-list may be cancelled if it is found to be a religious sect or organization.

The Buhay party-list earlier submitted the list of its nominees to the poll body, Velarde as their fifth nominee.

The petition furthered that Buhay had already been disqualified by the Comelec in 2001 after finding that “Buhay is most probably merely an extension of the El Shaddai.” (PNA)

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