5 more partylist groups denied participation in 2013 polls

December 5, 2012 11:15 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 5 — Five more party-list groups including two new applicants, have been denied participation in the 2013 elections, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the existing party-list groups that were denied to join the 2013 polls are Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. (CONSLA); and the Itenerant Vendors Alliance of the Philippines (IVAP) and Partido Ng Bayan Ang Bida (PBB).

But the PBB remains accredited as a political party.

The new applicants were 1 Pinoy Para Sa Kalikasan, Inc. (1 PINOY FOR KALIKASAN); and Empleyadong Nagtataguyod ng Bagong Anyo ng Kapaligiran (EN BANK). The commission en banc denied them even as they were approved in the division level.

Brillantes said that he could not recall the reasons behind the disqualifications, saying he was not the ponente of the resolutions.

So far, the poll body has disqualified 178 party-list groups, 55 of which had their accreditation cancelled and 123 denied of being registered.

On the other hand, the poll body chief disclosed that a nominee of Movement of Women for Change and Reform (MELCHORA), visited his office on Tuesday.

Mary Grace Ibuna, first nominee of MELCHORA, asked Brillantes to reconsider the accreditation of her group, which was earlier disqualified by the Commission en banc.

“I simply told her that we cannot reconsider the decision anymore… I said it will be better if she goes up to the Supreme Court (SC) instead,” Brillantes said.

Ibuna is the former partner of the late Congressman Iggy Arroyo.

MELCHORA is included in the Omnibus Complaint of poll watchdog group, Kontra Daya, against questionable party list groups.

They said that Ibuna does not belong to the marginalized and underrepresented women’s sector since she is the heir of Arroyo, whose assets are estimated to amount to hundreds of millions, and of the wealthy Ibuna family. (PNA)

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