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Letter to COMELEC for Akbayan Disqualification

Letter to COMELEC for Akbayan Disqualification

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October 2, 2012
Hon. Sixto BrilliantesChairmanCommission on Elections
Dear Chairman Brilliantes,Greetings!We are leaders from various organizations and registered voters respectfully call on theCommission on Elections (COMELEC) to disqualify
“AKBAYAN! Citizen’s Action Party” from
participation in the 2013 elections.We believe that allowing AKBAYAN to run in the partylist elections would be a mockery of theparty-
list system and would be contrary to the COMELEC’s promise to rid the party
-list system of bogus parties and nominees.The Supreme Court, in the Ang Bagong Bayani-OFW Party vs Commission on Elections case, set thefollowing requisites for accreditation of party-list groups like political parties, sectors,organizations or coalitions:
 
The religious sector may not be represented in the party-list system;
 
The parties must not be disqualified under Section 6 of RA 7941 (Party-List System Act);
 
The parties must not be an adjunct of, or a project organized or an entity funded or assistedby, the government;
 
The parties must not only comply with the requirements of the law; its nominees must likewise do so;
 
The parties must represent the marginalized and underrepresented sectors; so also must itsnominees;
 
The parties must likewise be able to contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation.Currently, AKBAYAN officers and members hold various government posts including cabinet-levelpositions. Among them:
 
Ronald Llamas, former AKBAYAN president, now presidential political affairs adviser
 
Etta Rosales, former AKBAYAN president and representative, is now Commission on HumanRights chief 

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