Comelec stopped from proclaiming party-list winners

Five remaining seats in the party-list race will not be allocated yet after the Supreme Court issued a stay order on Wednesday in favor of disqualified group Senior Citizens, whose accreditation was cancelled because of an alleged term-sharing agreement for its two sets of nominees.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of the Court, whose sessions will resume next week following a month-long decision writing break. Read the rest of this entry

24 more party-list groups proclaimed

Twenty-four more groups were able to make it to the winner’s circle after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced their proclamation as winning party-list groups.

In its session Tuesday morning, the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), announced the proclamation of 24 new groups that earned one seat each in the House of Representatives. Read the rest of this entry

Abang Lingkod party-list disqualified with finality

STEPHEN Paduano a.k.a. Carapali Lualhati, the No. 1 nominee of Abang Lingkod, is still hoping for a favorable decision of the Supreme Court for the party’s inclusion among the party-lists in the May 13 elections.

“The people have spoken. They have voted for us. It’s not about Abang Lingkod or Carapali Lualhati. It’s about the people who voted for us,” said Lualhati in reaction to the decision of the Comelec en banc. Read the rest of this entry

An Waray declared as winner

TACLOBAN CITY – The Commission on Elections(Comelec), sitting as National Board of Canvasser (NBOC), has proclaimed An Waray party-list as one of the 14 winners in the May 13 midterm polls.

Representative Neil Benedict Montejo said the party-list garnered more than 540,000 votes, which guarantee them one congressional seat. Read the rest of this entry

Proclamation eyed for party-list winners in 10 days

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave a self-imposed deadline of 10 days to finish the canvassing and proclamation of the 58 duly-elected party-list representatives.

But Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body, which is also acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), must settle what to do with the votes received by the 12 party-list groups that they disqualified under the new accreditation guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry

Disqualification report, mere propaganda: Anad party-list

THE Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (Anad) yesterday urged their followers and leaders to continue supporting them after it was found out there was no order from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying the partylist group.

Balter Balangawan, the number two nominee of Anad, said reports quoting Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes about the group’s disqualification and the alleged failure to submit their statement of expenditures in the 2007 polls were a black propaganda meant to discourage the people from voting the Cebu-based partylist. Read the rest of this entry

Leyte lawmaker to be named Lakas-CMD president

ASSISTANT Minority Floor Leader and Leyte 1st district Representative Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez will replace Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. as president of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) in preparation for his bid for speakership in the next Congress.

Maguindanao Representative Simeon Datumanong, vice chairman of the once-dominant ruling party, bared this in an interview with members of the media. Read the rest of this entry

Leyte lawmaker to be named Lakas-CMD president

ASSISTANT Minority Floor Leader and Leyte 1st district Representative Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez will replace Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. as president of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) in preparation for his bid for speakership in the next Congress.

Maguindanao Representative Simeon Datumanong, vice chairman of the once-dominant ruling party, bared this in an interview with members of the media. Read the rest of this entry

Church hints at endorsing pro-life party-list groups

Despite earlier pronouncements of non-partisanship in the May 13 elections, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has inadvertently showed his unsurprising support for two pro-life party-list organizations.

CBCP–Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) chairman Bishop Gabriel Reyes said prelates would have been happier had Ang Pro Life and Buhay party-lists got “better” placing in the official ballots. Read the rest of this entry

SC urged to resolve party-list disqualification cases

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Sunday called on the Supreme Court to finally decide on the petitions of disqualified party-list groups given the poll body’s tight schedule in preparation for the May 13 elections.

“If they decide on it already, we will not be second-guessing anymore if they should be included in our preparations or not, especially in the printing of ballots,” said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento. Read the rest of this entry