Comelec allows Mikey Arroyo to run in the party-list polls

May 8, 2010 11:53 pm 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, May 8 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the disqualification cases against Presidential son Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo for lack of merit.

In a joint resolution, the poll body’s second division said that Arroyo, nominee of party-list group "Ang Galing Pinoy" (AGP), had clearly immersed himself with the hopes and aspirations of the party and the sector it represents.”

The petitions were filed by Nationalista Party senatorial bets Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza and party-list Bayan Muna and nominee Neri Javier Colmenares.

In the decision, the Comelec ruled that Arroyo met the qualifications for party-list nominees set in Republic Act 7941 or the Party-List System Act of 1995.

“Any member of the party-list group of good standing, whether belonging to the majority or not, is entitled to be nominated by the party for the law merely requires that the party-list nominee must be a bona fide member of the party or organization which he seeks to represent for at least 90 days preceding the day of the election,” said the resolution.

The petitioners said that the former Pampanga Congressman should be disqualified as a nominee as “he cannot, by any stretch of imagination, be considered a member of the marginalized sector and no logic can ever justify his nomination to represent AGP or any party-list for that matter.”

They also claimed that being a congressman of Pampanga and a son of President Gloria Macapagay-Arroyo, he was obviously not qualified to be a nominee of the group.

The AGP will be representing security guards in Congress.

The Comelec said Arroyo became a member of the AGP in Nov. 20, 2009 and since then, he has “actively participated in the undertakings” of the group and “adhered to its advocacies such as the AGP National Convention; Butil Palay para sa Kaunlaran Project; annual Christmas party; Lubao Delta Riders Uniforms and Mike Delta Force Uniforms.

Meanwhile, Kontra Daya assailed the Comelec’s decision and asked the public not to support the group that will be represented by Arroyo in Congress.

"The junking of the petitions is totally outrageous. It defies the Constitution and plain common sense," said Renato Reyes, the group’s convenor.

He noted that the poll body also defied its own ruling for allowing Arroyo to run.

The Comelec Rules on Disqualification Cases Against Party-List Groups/Nominees, promulgated last March 25, provides that for a person to be qualified as a party-list nominee, he must "(belong) to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s, the sectoral party, organization, political party or coalition he seeks to represent." (PNA) dct/RMA/FGP/utb


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