Teachers, maids among 12 barred from party-list race
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has denied the party-list applications of 12 more groups, including organizations that claim to represent teachers and maids, said poll body chair Sixto Brillantes Jr on Friday, November 23.
The 12 groups initially passed screening at the division level, but got disapproved by the en banc, Brillantes said. These groups include the following:
- Manila Teachers
- 1 Serve the People
- Ako An Bisaya
- Abyan Ilonggo
- Democratic Alliance
- 1 Para Sa Bayan
- 1 Alliance Advocating Autonomy
- Alab ng Pusong Pinoy
- Akbay Kalusugan
"Every time you will ask me the basis, palaging sa marginalized tayo nag-uusap. Hindi naman pare-pareho... May individual decisions 'to," Brillantes said. (Every time you ask me the basis, we always talk about the marginalized. It always depends... Individual decisions come with each of these.)
Brillantes, however, explained the decisions for some of these groups.
In the case of the group Manila Teachers, "they are not teachers," the Comelec chair said, referring to the Comelec's position that those joining the party-list race should belong to the sectors they represent.
On the group Kasambahay, Brillantes said: "Malamang hindi katulong." (Probably they are not really maids.)
This brings to around 125 the number of disqualified party-list groups so far, based on media estimates. The Comelec has yet to consolidate its own list of disqualified party-list groups – and release the official resolutions for a big majority of these.
On Thursday, November 22, the Comelec disqualified the Black and White party, which is pro-Aquino.
Previously, the poll body also barred parties associated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from participating in the party-list race. Chief of these groups is Ang Galing Pinoy, led by Mrs Arroyo's son, Mikey Arroyo, claiming to represent security guards. – Rappler.com