SC dismisses petitions of 17 party-list groups vs Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions of 17 party-list organizations against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) involving their participation in the 2016 elections.

In minute resolutions on Tuesday, January 26, the SC uniformly dismissed the petitions for certiorari, prohibition, and/or mandamus of the following party-list organizations: 

The said groups argued that the Comelec was wrong in dismissing their respective petitions for registration and accreditation as regional or sectoral party-list groups for the 2016 polls.

But the SC ruled that the Comelec did not act with grave abuse of discretion. 

The names of the first 12 party-list groups above were among the 84 whose inclusion in the party-list raffle – which determines their order of listing on the official ballot – was up in the air. They had pending motions for reconsideration before the Comelec en banc by the time the Comelec issued Resolution 10025 on December 3, 2015.

Meanwhile, the participation of the next two names in the 2016 polls was up for consideration by the Comelec at the time Resolution 10025 was promulgated.

1-LAMBAT filed its "manifestation of intent" to join the party-list race beyond the May 8, 2015 deadline.

For its part, UWAP missed the deadline for filing its manifestation of intent" that's why its petition for registration was denied by a Comelec division. UWAP appealed this in a petition that remained pending with the Comelec en banc when Resolution 10025 was issued. 

The names of PARTNERS, 1-APTO, and Ang CKD were not in the same resolution. –

Michael Bueza

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