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The chairman of the Commission on Elections on Wednesday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court to tackle in an en banc session next week its earlier decision to issue a temporary restraining order on the "No Bio, No Boto" policy.
"We are very pleased with that development," Comelec chairman Andres Bautista told reporters.
"As you know, I wrote a letter last Tuesday, essentially telling them nga not on the legal but more on the practical, operational issues, things in the Comelec in respect with our preparations," he added.
When asked if should this move be considered blackmail, Bautista just said, "Paano ko naman maba-blackmail ang Supreme Court?"
The TRO stemmed from a petition for certiorari and prohibition filed last November 25 by Kabataan party-list to assail the constitutionality of the Comelec's "No Bio, No Boto" policy.
About three million potential voters were not able to file their biometrics data before the deadline and so they will not be able to vote next year.
Comelec will file an answer to the petition on Friday, Bautista said. — Trisha Macas/ELR, GMA News