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Progressive groups to ask Supreme Court to reconsider partylist decision

InterAksyon.com
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Progressive partylist groups will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision allowing non-marginalized groups--includes rich organizations--to join the partylist elections.

The Makabayan bloc would file a motion for reconsideration on the decision within the week, Bayan Muna partylist Representative Neri Colmenares said on Monday. 

At the same time, it will also ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stand pat on its earlier ruling disqualifying "fake partylist groups" and to seek reconsideration from the high court.

"I don't think the decision is final, you can always ask for reconsideration from the Supreme Court," Colmenares said, adding that the decision did not mean that the 54 groups earlier disqualified by the Comelec could now run.

The other grounds to disqualify them are still present [since] the Supreme Court resolved only one parameter, Colmenares added.

"The decision only exacerbates the elitist and oligarchic control of our political system and allows the rich to further dominate the already measly 20 percent of the seats in Congress allotted to the party-list system in the guise of political pluralism," he said. 

According to the lawmaker, the decision "openly invited the likes of Rep. Mikey Arroyo to pass through the front door and without the hassle of pretending to be poor and pro-poor."

Arroyo, son of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, currently sits as representative of the Ang Galing Pinoy partylist, which claims to represent security guards all over the country.

In a separate statement, Gabriela partylist Representative Luz Ilagan said the decision showed the Aquino administration's "concerted and coordinated efforts to undermine the bid of progressive partylist organizations to ensure the representation of poor and marginalized sectors in Congress."

“Aquino’s Comelec has been persecuting progressive partylist groups while condoning the existence of bogus partylist organizations and even tolerating their campaign violations. This is evident in the Comele's excessively eager efforts to pin Kabataan Partylist and Piston Partylist for campaign poster violations while no hearings have been conducted to look into similar violations committed by groups like Akbayan and Buhay," she said.

The Makabayan bloc is composed of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan, Act Teachers, Piston, Migrante, Akap Bata, Katribu, Kalikasan, Aking Bikolnon, and Courage. 

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