20 More Party-List Groups Disqualified

MANILA, Philippines --- Another 20 party-list groups have been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the May, 2013 polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the exclusion of the 20 party-list groups brings to 37 the total number of party-list groups disqualified.

"That number is still few," he said.

"We will announce the partial list of those that will be dismissed next week," added Brillantes.

He said they don't have the complete list yet of accredited and dismissed party-list groups as their deliberations are still ongoing.

"We are still deliberating because remember there are 200 plus groups," Brillantes said.

"We were able to finish 50 to 60 percent already and we expect to finish another 20 percent," he added.

The 17 party-list groups that were earlier dismissed are the group of addicts and alcoholics called Addicts and Alcoholics Carrying the Message Association (AACMA, INC) and the namesake of the Philippine football team Azkals called Asosasyon ng Mangangalakal (ASKAL).

Also in the list are Aksyon Mahirap (AMIN); 1-AANGAT KA PILIPINO (1-AK); Isa Akong Magsasaka Foundation (1 AM); Aniban ng Magtutubig ng Pilipinas (Ama ng Pilipinas); Sararong Bicolnon; United Philippine Transport Tricycle, Trisikidad, Habal-Habal Operators and Drivers Association (UPTHODA); Aurora Intergated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (1-AIMCOOP); and Nagkaisang Alay sa Bayan ng Maka-DIyos at Makabayang Nangangalakal (1ABAYAN); Ako at ang Basura Movement (AKO BA); Alliance for Democracy and Morality-Bantay Pasahero (ADAM-BANTAY PASAHERO); National Crusaders for Peace and Democracy (NCPD); Mindanao Allied Forces (MAF); Vendors Aggrupation (@1Vendors); Bangon Mangingisda (BM); and Philippine Banana Pioneer Foundation Inc.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 9513, groups that have been accredited at the division level shall be automatically up for review and affirmation of the commission en banc.

On the other hand, those that are dismissed at the division level may still appeal their case with the Comelec en banc.

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