Comelec OKs 3 more party-list groups

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

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The Comelec allows 1-Utak, Pacyaw, and Pasang Masda to run on May 13

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allowed 3 more party-list groups to run in the midterm elections, poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr announced Thursday, May 9.

In an en banc meeting on Thursday, the Comelec accredited the groups 1-Utak, Pacyaw, and Pasang Masda based on the Supreme Court’s new criteria for party-list groups.

This brings to 124 the number of party-list groups that voters can choose from. (Check Rappler’s primer: Which party-list group best represents you?)

On Monday, May 6, the Comelec accredited 24 groups that it previously disqualified. These groups ran to the Supreme Court and got included in the ballot.

The poll body, on the other hand, junked 12 party-list groups. The most prominent group on the list was Mikey Arroyo’s Ang Galing Pinoy. –

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Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior multimedia reporter covering religion for Rappler. He also teaches journalism at the University of Santo Tomas. For story ideas or feedback, email