NBOC suspends the canvassing of votes for the party-list groups

May 14, 2013 10:11 pm 

MANILA, May 14 — The National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) has suspended the canvassing of the votes for the party-list elections so as not to delay the counting of the votes for the senatorial elections.

NBOC Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they decided to suspend the canvassing for the party-list groups since there are several issues being raised particularly the fate of the 12 organizations that have been disqualified.

“We are suspending it because pag pinagsabay namin nagkakaroon ng delay sa senatorial dahil maraming issues sa party-lists and therefore kung pagsasabayin natin ‘yan as what we’ve seen party-list ang nagkakagulo kasi meron nga naman dinisqualify na 12 groups,” he said in a press briefing at the Comelec Command Center in Pasay City Tuesday evening.

However, he noted that they will resume the canvassing for the party-list until after they finished counting the votes of the top 12 senatorial winners, which they will try to proclaim Wednesday night.

“We’ve decided to suspend first the party-list, proceed with the senatorial so that we can finish the senatorial immediately. Since apparently there are no issues regarding the senatorial canvassing… after which we shall move to the party-lists,” Brillantes explained.

He added that they would still deliberate on what to do regarding the votes for the 12 groups, if it will be counted separately, conditionally, or not.

“Since there are varying positions and rulings and positions of all the parties, including the commission, we decided to go out first and deliberate… the better way is to suspend first the party-list and proceed first with the senatorial alone,” he said.

Brillantes said the groups can always seek the opinion of the Supreme Court.

“Yung status ng 12 na ito dinisqualify namin pero they have the right to go up to the SC,” he said.

Earlier, the Comelec en banc has disqualified the 12 party-list groups but their names were included in the official ballots of the May 13 polls.

The groups are Agapay ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance,Inc. (A-IPRA); Abang Lingkod Party-List (ABANG LINGKOD); Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD); Ang Galing Pinoy (AG); Atong Paglaum, Inc. (Atong Paglaum); Kaagapay ng Nagkakaisang Agilang Pilipinong Magsasaka (KAP); Coalition of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. (SENIOR CITIZENS); Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency (SMART); 1st Kabalikat ng Bayan Ginhawang Sangkatauhan (1st KABAGIS); The True Marcos Loyalist (for God, Country and People) Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BANTAY); Philippine Coconut Producers Federation, Inc. (COCOFED); and Binhi-Partido ng mga Magsasaka Para sa mga Magsasaka (BINHI). (PNA)

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