Comelec disqualifies with finality five party-list groups

May 24, 2013 10:24 pm 

MANILA, May 24 — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has disqualified with finality five party-list groups, included in the 12 party-list organizations earlier disqualified but remanded by the Supreme Court (SC).

In a three-page resolution issued on Friday, the commission en banc ruled the disqualification of Coalition of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. (SENIOR CITIZENS); Philippine Coconut Producers Federation, Inc. (COCOFED); Abang Lingkod Party-List (ABANG LINGKOD); Binhi-Partido ng mga Magsasaka Para sa mga Magsasaka (BINHI); and Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD).

“Wherefore, premises considered, the Commission resolved, as it hereby resolves to consider the May 10, 2013, and May 11, 2013 Resolutions cancelling the registration of Senior Citizens, Cocofed, Abang Lingkod, Binhi and Anad as final and executory,” the resolution said.

The disqualified groups failed to get an answer from the High Court on their respective petitions.

“Almost six days (excluding Saturday and Sunday) have lapsed from the date of receipt by the groups of the resolutions. However, no temporary restraining order (TRO) or preliminary injunction was issued by the SC of their petitions to this date,” resolution said.

The resolution said that ABANG LINGKOD was able to receive a copy of the order last May 11 while BINHI got their copy on May 14.

The three other groups, SENIOR CITIZENS, COCFED, and ANAD received their respective copies of the resolution on May 15.

Upon receipt, the Comelec noted that the groups filed their respective petitions for certiorari before the SC asking for the immediate issuance of a TRO or preliminary injunction. (PNA)

FPV/FGP/UTB

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