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Comelec OKs Ang Ladlad, 143 other party-list groups

January 15, 2010 1:07pm

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(Updated 4:35 p.m.) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday allowed 144 party-list groups, including gay party-list group Ang Ladlad, to participate in the May 10 national polls.

Through Resolution No. 8744, the Comelec en banc gave the go-signal to 144 out of the more than 300 party-list groups that filed their manifestations of intent to participate in the coming elections.

Among the approved party-lists is the Ang Ladlad, which was included in the list of qualified organizations through a Supreme Court order mandating the Comelec to print the gay group's name on the ballot for the May polls.

Shorter ballot

Of the 144 approved party-list groups, 66 have already participated during the last elections while 78 were newly-accredited groups.

"With this, we now have the list of candidates of national positions and party-list organizations for May 10, 2010… We already have all the names we will print on the front side of the ballot," said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters.

Larrazabal likewise said since the number of approved party-list groups was lower than expected, the length of the ballot to be used in the coming polls may be altered.

"We were projecting 200 party-list organizations to be included in the ballots. Now, we only have 144, so it (the ballot) might be shorter—which is good," he said.

Section 10 of the Party-List System Act (Republic Act 7941) states that a voter is entitled to “a vote for a party, organization or coalition he wants represented in the House of Representatives" during elections.

RA 7941 also mandates accredited groups to submit a list of at least five nominees for party-list representatives to the Comelec legal department 45 days before the polls (March 26 this year).

No more additional names

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez meanwhile said that although disqualified party-list groups could still file motions for consideration before the Supreme Court, the poll body would not include any more names in the ballot once the printing starts on January 25.

"We believe that we already have the final list of candidates... We have already done our part, and we would not sacrifice the conduct of orderly elections just for one or two groups who did not do theirs… Remember, the right to be elected is not an absolute right," he said.

Jimenez likewise said he is confident that the high court will take into account the Comelec’s schedule before it makes decisions in connection with the coming polls.

Below is the list of party-list groups joining the May elections: [Click here for the PDF version of the list.]

1. 1 ANG PAMILYA
2. 1-AANI
3. 1-ABAA
4. 1-AHAPO
5. 1-AK
6. 1-CARE
7. 1GANAP/GUARDIANS
8. 1ST KABAGIS
9. 1ST PRISA
10. 1-TUBIG
11. 1-UTAK
12. A BLESSED
13. A TAMBAY
14. A TEACHER
15. AA-KASOSYO PARTY
16. AAMA
17. AAMBIS-OWA
18. AANI
19. AAPS
20. ABA
21. ABA ILONGGO
22. ABAKADA
23. ABAMIN
24. ABANG LINGKOD
25. ABANTE KA
26. ABANTE TRIBUNG MAKABANSA (ATM)
27. ABAY PARAK
28. ABC
29. ABONO
30. ABP-BICOLNON
31. ABROAD
32. ABS
33. ACT TEACHERS
34. ADA
35. ADAM
36. ADD
37. ADD-TRIBAL
38. AFPSEGCO
39. AG
40. AGAP
41. AGBIAG
42. AGHAM
43. AGILA ng Katutubong Pilipino (AGILA)
44. AGILA Pwersa ng Nagkakaisang Magsasaka, Inc. (AGILA)
45. AGRI
46. AHON
47. A-IPRA
48. AKAP BATA
49. AKB
50. AKBAYAN
51. AKMA-PTM
52. AKO
53. AKO
54. ALAGAD
55. ALAY BUHAY
56. ALE
57. ALIF
58. ALIM
59. ALMA
60. ALMANA
61. ALON
62. AMA
63. AMANA
64. AMANG
65. AMIN
66. AMS
67. AN WARAY
68. ANAD
69. ANAK
70. ANAKALUSUGAN
71. ANG KASANGGA
72. ANG LADLAD
73. ANUPA
74. AP
75. APEC
76. APO
77. APOI
78. ARAL
79. ARC
80. ARCAPP
81. ASAHAN MO
82. AT
83. ATING KOOP
84. ATONG PAGLAUM
85. ATS
86. AVE
87. BABAE KA
88. BAGO
89. BANAT
90. BANDILA
91. BANTAY
92. BAYAN MUNA
93. BAYANI
94. BH
95. BIDA
96. BIGKIS
97. BINHI
98. BIYAHENG PINOY
99. BIYAYANG BUKID
100. BUHAY
101. BUKLOD FILIPINA
102. BUTIL
103. CHINOY
104. CIBAC
105. COCOFED
106. COFA
107. CONSLA
108. COOP-NATCCO
109. CPM
110. DIWA
111. FIL-MUS
112. FIRM 24-K
113. GABRIELA
114. GREEN FORCE
115. IVAP
116. KAAGAPAY
117. KAAKBAY
118. KABATAAN
119. KABAYAN
120. KAKUSA
121. KALAHI
122. KALINGA
123. KASAPI
124. KATRIBU
125. KATUTUBO
126. KLBP
127. LYPAD
128. OPO
129. ORAGON
130. PACYAW
131. PBA
132. PCL
133. PEP
134. PM
135. SB
136. SENIOR CITIZENS
137. SMART
138. TUCP
139. UNI-MAD
140. VENDORS PARTY LIST
141. VFP
142. WPI
143. YACAP
144. YES WE CAN

Source: Comelec Resolution No. 8744 (January 15, 2010)

- ANDREO C. CALONZO/RSJ/ARCS/ GMANews.TV
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