Comelec approves 79 party-list groups, DQs 4 more

November 29, 2012 11:03 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 29 — The Commission on Elections has allowed 79 party-list groups, including controversial "Ang Mata'y Alagaan," to join the May 2013 midterm polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said of the 79 groups, 21 are newly-accredited while 58 are existing groups.

Of the 21 new entrants, five have pending motions for reconsideration before the commission en banc.

Brillantes said the commission en banc retained 20 of the party-list groups via a unanimous vote, including Agham, Kabataan, Ang Ladlad, and Gabriela.

Meanwhile, the poll body disqualified four groups from joining the party-list race. These are new entrant ALONA and existing groups Senior Citizens Party, 1-Utak and 1-Kabagis.

The following are existing party-list groups retained by the Comelec en banc via unanimous votes: Abante Tribung Makabansa (ATM); Act Teachers; Advocacy for Teachers Empowerment through Action Cooperation and Harmony Toward Education Reforms (A Teacher); Agila ng Katutubong Pilipino Inc.; Alagad; Alliance for Philippine Security Guards Cooperative (AFPSEGCO);

Alliance of Volunteers Educators Partylist (AVE); Alyansa Lumad Mindanao Inc. (Allumad); Agham; Anak Mindanao (AMIN); Anakpawis; Ang Ladlad; Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino (ANGKLA); Gabriela; Kababaihang Lingkod Bayan sa Pilipinas; Kabataan; Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan All Filipino Democratic Movement (KAAKBAY); Katribo Indigenous; Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty (1-Sagip); Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

The list below are existing party-lists retained with dissent:

BANAT and AHAPO party-list coalition; Abakada-Guro;Abante Katutubo Inc.; Abante Mindanao; Abono; Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak Maharlika; Agbiag Timpuyog Ilocano;Agrarian Development Association (ADA); Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP); Akap Bata Sectoral Organization for Children; Akbayan Citizens' Action Party (Akbayan); Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga; Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation; Alyansa mga Media at Showbiz; Alyansa ng OFW;

Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang Bukid at Mangingisda; Adhikaing Tinataguyod ang Kooperatiba; An Waray; Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma; Ang Laban ng Indigong Filipino (ALIP); Ang Mata'y Alagaan; Ang National Coalition of Indigenous People's Action Na; Arts Business and Science Professionals (ACT-NCIP); Association of Laborers and Employees (ALE);

Bagong Henerasyon; Bayan Muna; Buhay Hayaan Yumabong;Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC); Cooperative Natcco Network Party (Coop-NATCO); Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA); Kalinga; Kasangga sa Kaunlaran;Kasosyo Producer; LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA);Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA); Una ang Pamilya; Veterans Freedom Party; You Against Corruption.

New party-list groups that were given a green light to join the 2013 polls: 1-Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group (1-JAMG); 1-A Action Moral and Values Recovery Reform Philippines (1-AA Mover); Abante Retirees; Advance Community Development in New Generation; Ang Pro-life;Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support;Append Inc.; Association of Marine Officer ands Ratings;Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy (1-Aalalay); Isang Lapian ng Mangingisda at Bayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran (1-Lambat);Isang Pangarap ng Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan (1-Pabahay); Magdalo Para sa Pilipino (Magdalo);Mamamayan Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas; Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families (Migrante);OFW Family Club Inc.; Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan (Umalab Ka). (PNA)(PNA)

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