MANILA -- The Commission on Elections has barred 15 party-list groups, including the Kapatiran ng mga Nakakulong na Walang Sala (KAKUSA), from participating in the May 2013 polls.
“We are canceling their accreditation, therefore, they can no longer participate in the 2013 party-list elections,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said.
KAKUSA is currently being represented by Congressman Ranulfo Canonigo.
Aside from KAKUSA, Comelec also cancelled the existing registration of AGRI; AKMA-PTM; AKO AGILA; AKO BAHAY; BANTAY; PACYAW; PM MASDA; COFA; ARARO; KATUTUBO; and OPO, bringing the total number of party-list groups with existing registrations that have been cancelled to 28.
Meanwhile, the poll body also denied the registration of new applicants RAM GUARDIANS; Alyansa Para sa Demokrasya; and Association of Airline and Airport Workers.
“Their applications were denied by the Divisions and the commission en banc already affirmed the decision,” Brillantes said.
However, the resolutions of the respective groups' case were not yet available at the moment.
He noted that the groups can file an appeal before Supreme Court.
On the other hand, Brillantes said they expected to complete the review and deliberations of all the 87 remaining groups with existing accreditation before the end of the month.
“Our target is October 30 to complete all of those existing,” he said.*PNA
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