SC junks MRs of Pamatong, 2 party-list groups for lack of merit

February 3, 2016 11:57 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

MANILA, Feb. 3 (PNA) — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc has dismissed for lack of merit the motions for reconsideration (MRs) of Elly Pamatong and two party-list groups, respectively.

The SC dismissed for lack of merit the MRs of party-list groups, namely: Mindanao Alliance for Reforms (MAR) and the People's Movement for Democratic Governance, Inc.

According to SC Public Information Office (PIO) Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, during the SC en banc session on Tuesday, the Court denied the MRs from the Court's Resolutions dated Jan. 12 for lack of merit.

In its resolutions dated Jan. 12, the SC said that there was no grave abuse of discretion on the part of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

"The Court, uniformly, in Minute Resolutions, dismissed the petitions on the ground that the Comelec did not act with grave abuse of discretion," the SC said.

The SC has earlier upheld the decision of the Comelec disqualifying Pamatong and Rizalito David to run for president in the May 9 elections.

Both David and Pamatong were declared as nuisance candidates by the Comelec.

The two disqualified candidates elevated their case to the SC.

In his petition, David argued that the Comelec committed grave abuse of discretion when it declared him a nuisance candidate for the May 9 elections.

David said that he was deprived of due process when the Comelec said that he could not afford a national campaign being a broadcaster and an independent candidate.

On the other hand, Pamatong's camp in a statement said that "for the third time, the Comelec has sabotaged the COC (certificate of candidacy) of Elly Pamatong by invoking a repealed provision of the SOCE (statement of contributions and expenses) law, which is no longer an election offense, against him." (PNA)



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