The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) has junked the electoral protest filed by the defeated You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) Partylist against Kabataan Partylist.
In a decision dated March 18, 2021, but released to reporters on Thursday evening, May 11, the HRET dismissed the protest for YACAP’s lack of “legal standing.”
Legal standing means the ability of one party to show its stake in the outcome of the case. In the Kabataan case, the HRET said YACAP ranked too low – 58th of ranked party lists in the 2019 polls. Kabataan ranked 51st, winning one seat in the chamber.
According to HRET rules, a protest can only be filed by candidates who “obtained the second or third highest number of votes.”
This means that only the party-list groups that took the 52nd and the 53rd spots could file a protest.
YACAP had claimed in its protest that there was a “presence of electoral frauds, anomalies, and irregularities during elections” in General Santos City in the 2019 elections.
In a statement on Thursday, Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago reiterated her party’s role in amplifying the voice of the youth in Congress.
“Sa kabila ng tumitinding panggigipit at panunupil sa boses ng Kabataan, tangan natin ang lakas ng ating pagkakaisa sa paggampan ng makasaysayang papel bilang pag-asa ng bayan, at ng mandatong maglingkod para sa interes ng kabataan at sambayanan,” she said.
(Despite the growing repression of the voice of the youth, we have the strength of our unity in fulfilling a historic role of being the hope of the nation, and the mandate to serve in the interest of the youth and the people.) – Rappler.com