(Lead) Palace leaves to Comelec delisting of party-list

October 16, 2012 10:52 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Oct. 16 — Malacanang Tuesday said it is leaving the decision to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) with regard to the disqualification of party-list amid calls from some militant groups to disqualify party-list groups that have enough clout to field senatorial candidates.

"We leave everything up with the Comelec. They have the rules to… There are rules as a guide for them whether to disqualify a party-list or to accept it being a party-list," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a press briefing.

There are some groups who have asked the poll body to disqualify Akbayan in next year’s elections on the basis of having members and nominees with government posts.

Former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros is running for senator in the 2013 mid-term polls under the administration slate.

If that’s the case, Lacierda said, "so should Bayan Muna because it’s fielding a (candidate)… Teddy Casino is running as a senatorial candidate."

"What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander. That‘s the reasoning that they‘re going to say. But, again, we leave everything up with the Comelec," he said.

"I cannot comment because I have my own views on that. But Comelec would be the one (to) rule on the matter. It’s something that I am not legally qualified to voice an opinion on," he added.

When asked about the Black and White Movement, which has also been targeted by calls of disqualification, the Palace Spokesman said he believes in the group’s ideals, but that the poll body will still have the final say.

"I know what Black and White stands for. I believe in the principles that it stands for. But, with respect to whether it should be disqualified or not, there are rules that Comelec will apply and we will respect (that). We will defer to the Comelec on the application of those rules," he said. (PNA)

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