Sarmiento, Larrazabal: Mikey Arroyo not qualified to represent the marginalized

July 20, 2010 9:00 pm 

MANILA, July 20 – For two commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Ang Galing Pilipino (AGP) party-list nominee Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo is not qualified to represent the marginalized.

In their respective dissenting opinions in the consolidated resolution of Arroyo’s case, Commissioners Rene Sarmiento and Gregorio Larrazabal said the son of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo does not belong to the group which he wants to represent in the House of Representatives.

AGP seeks to represent the sectors of security guards, unorganized groups of taxi, FX taxi, jeepney and bus drivers, vendors, small-scale businessmen and jobless individuals.

Sarmiento cited the Supreme Court decision on the case of Ang Bagong Bayani: “However, it is not enough for the candidate to claim representation of the marginalized and underrepresented because representation is easy to claim and to feign. The party-list organization or party must factually and truly represent the marginalized and underrepresented constituencies mentioned in Section 5.”

Sarmiento also cited the SC‘s decision on the Barangay Association for National Advancement and Transparency (BANAT) case.

“Under Section 9 of R.A. 7941, it is not necessary that the party-list organization’s nominee ‘wallow in poverty, destitution and infirmity’ as there is no financial status required in the law. It is enough that the nominee of the sectoral party/organization/coalition belongs to the marginalized and underrepresented sector, that is, if the nominee represents the fisherfolks, he or she must be a fisherfolks, or if the nominee represents the senior citizens, he or she must be a senior citizen,” Sarmiento explained, in his six-page dissenting opinion.

He noted that Arroyo belongs to the former First Family; has finished his second term as member of the House of Representatives, representing the 2nd Legislative district of Pampanga and also served as a Vice Governor of Pampanga.

“In finding that respondent Arroyo belongs to the marginalized and underrepresented sector that Ang Galing Pinoy seeks to represent, the ponencia deviated from the doctrines laid down by the Supreme Court in the Ang Bagong Bayani and Banat cases. It is common knowledge that respondent Arroyo does not belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors that Ang Galing Pinoy seeks to represent,” Sarmiento added.

Larrazabal also cited the same cases. “In interpreting RA 7941, the highest court of the land has provided that so too must a party-list nominee come from the marginalized or under-represented sector it seeks to represent.”

On Monday, the Commission en banc, with a 4-2-1 ruling, denied the petition seeking to disqualify Arroyo to represent AGP in Congress. (PNA)



One Response to “Sarmiento, Larrazabal: Mikey Arroyo not qualified to represent the marginalized”

  1. eric on July 21st, 2010 3:06 pm

    Wow…..Ang galing Pinoy should be “Ang Galing Arroyo”!!!!
    Wake up Comelec…even a by-standard will not agree on your decisions!!!
    Do you guys still have conscience???
    Can you still sleep at night!!!
    Poor 4 commisioners who voted in favor of mikee arroyo !!!
    We need a leader like larrazabal and sarmiento!!!!
    Who decides not for themselves but for the entire nation!!!