MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has earned the ire of two party-list groups as the poll body rejected their applications for accreditation for the 2022 national and local elections.
The groups, Nurses United and Guardians, trooped in front of the Comelec office in Manila to question the poll body’s decision to deny their application.
The Comelec, in its ruling, said the group’s representation of its membership is erroneous.
The Nurses United accused the commission of being cold-hearted to the condition of Filipino workers in the health sector.
“Pinatay po nila yong pag-asa ng mga nurses at mga manggagawang pangkalusugan. Pag-asa na magkaroon ng tunay na representante na manggagawang pangkalusugan sa loob ng kongeso. Sapagkat napakarami pong isyu na dapat matugunan sa usapin po ng ating manggagawang pangkalusugan,” said Maristela Abenojar, 1st nominee, NU Partylist.
The group’s motion for reconsideration was also denied by the poll body.
The group asked Comelec to provide them with a copy of the resolution of their denial.
Meanwhile, the group, Guardians, questioned Comelec for denying them the opportunity to make it to the list.
Based on the Comelec ruling, the group failed to prove that the majority of its membership are poor and are senior citizens.
The group pointed out that they have been assisting the government in disaster and relief operations, among others.
“Pinapakita lang namin na nandito kami. Kami yong sinasabi ninyong walang representation,” said Bong Contapay, Guardians Partylist 1st Nominee.
Since they failed in their appeal to the poll body, the group said they will be filing an appeal to the Supreme Court to have their application be reviewed and considered.
Meanwhile, based on Comelec Resolution No. 10735, to date, 152 registered party-list groups have made it to the list to be raffled a designated number come December 10.
On the other hand, 107 applications were denied; while 13 applications still await the final decision of the poll body.
The final list of party-list groups will be released 15 days after all the designation numbers are raffled off. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)