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lmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {CITIZEN\uc1\u8217XS BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPTION
(CIBAC) }\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {v.}\par\pard\li3666\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs
24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {COM M ISSION ON ELECTIONS }\par\pard\li2733\ri0\sl-266\
slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {G.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {R.}\fs24\cf0\
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lex100 { 13 Apri}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {l}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { 2007
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J.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { (En Banc) }\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-213\slmult0
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0 {The phrase \uc1\u8220Xapplying the relevant formula in Veterans to BUHAY\uc1\
u8221X admits of no other conclusion than that the }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\s
lmult0 \fs18\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {Court merely applied the Veterans formula to
Ang Bagong Bayani and Bayan Muna in resolving the additional seats by }\par\pard
\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs20\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {other qualified party-list
groups.}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { However,}\fs16\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { it a
ppears that there was an inaccurate presentation of the Veterans formula as }\pa
r\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {the Court used the m
ultiplier \uc1\u8216X}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {allotted seats for the first p
arty\uc1\u8221X in Ang Bagong Bayani and Bayan Muna instead of the }\par\pard\li
773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs20\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {\uc1\u8220Xnumber of addition
al seats allocated to the first party\uc1\u8221X prescribed in the Veterans form
ula.}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { It is apparent that the phrase }\par\pard\li77
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rom the phrase \uc1\u8220Xallotted seats for First Party.}\fs20\cf0\f0\charscale
x100 {\uc1\u8221X The disparity }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0
\charscalex100 {is material,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { substantial,}\fs18\c
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s16\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {Party\uc1\u8221X in Bagong Bayani and Bayan Muna
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100 {3)}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { seats,}\fs16\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { since
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\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {The Court affi}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {rmed C
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mult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {not exceed twenty percent of the total mem
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yan Muna formula,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { the multi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex
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and stressed by respondent COMELEC.}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { Neverthele
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the ALLOTTED seats for the fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {rst party referri}\fs2
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f0\charscalex100 {three (3) seats won by Bayan Muna whi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex1
00 {ch emerged as the wi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nni}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex
100 {ng fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {rst party,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { a
s allegedly prescri}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {bed i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100
{n }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {Ang Bagong B
ayani}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { and Bayan Muna.}\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-213\s
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The phrase \uc1\u8220Xapplyi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ng the relevant fo
rmula i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n Veterans to BUHAY\uc1\u8221X admi}\fs
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fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {conclusi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on than that the
Court merely appli}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ed the Veterans formula to Ang B
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slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {Muna i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n resolvi
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4\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { However,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { i}\fs24\cf0\f0\ch
arscalex100 {t appears that there }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\
f0\charscalex100 {was an i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {naccurate presentati}\fs2
4\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on of the Veterans formula as the Court used the multi}\
fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {pli}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {er \uc1\u8216X}\fs24\
cf0\f0\charscalex100 {allotted seats for }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs
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00 { and Bayan MUna i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nstead of the \uc1\u8220Xn
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eats }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {allocated t
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harscalex100 {bed i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n the Veterans formula.}\fs24\cf
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\uc1\u8220Xnumber of }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscale
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8221X was omi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {tted,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { po
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from the phrase \uc1\u8220Xallotted seats for Fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {
rst Party.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {\uc1\u8221X The }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-
253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {di}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {spari}\fs
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alex100 {al,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { and si}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {g
ni}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {cant si}\fs24\cf0
\f0\charscalex100 {nce the multi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {pli}\fs24\cf0\f0\
charscalex100 {ers \uc1\u8220Xnumber of addi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ti}\
fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {onal seats }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs22
\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {allocated to the Fi}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {rst Party
\uc1\u8221X prescri}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {bed i}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100
{n the Veterans formula pertai}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ns to a multi}\fs22\
cf0\f0\charscalex100 {pli}\fs22\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {er of two (2) seats,}\par\
pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {whi}\fs24\cf0\f0\chars
calex100 {le the multi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {pli}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex10
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x100 { and Bayan Muna formula can }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\
f0\charscalex100 {mean a multi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {pli}\fs24\cf0\f0\char
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\f0\charscalex100 { si}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nce the fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\chars
calex100 {rst party can garner a maxi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {mum of three (
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\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {As a matter of fact,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { the Co
urt had i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n mi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nd th
e appli}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {cati}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on of the
ori}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {gi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nal Veterans for
mula i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\c
f0\f0\charscalex100 {Ang Bagong Bayani}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { and Bayan Mu
na.}\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-213\slmult0 \fs18\cf0\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-306\slm
ult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {Applyi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ng the Veter
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\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {oner\uc1\u8217Xs case,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {
we reach the conclusi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on that CIBAC i}\fs24\cf0\f0\c
harscalex100 {s not }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex1
00 {enti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {tled to an addi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100
{ti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {onal seat.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { Party-Li
}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {st Canvass Report No.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {
20 contai}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ned i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n the pe
ti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on shows that the
}\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-266\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {fi}\fs24\cf0\f0\
charscalex100 {rst party,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { Bayan Muna,}\fs24\cf0\
f0\charscalex100 { garnered the hi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ghest number
of votes,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { that i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {s,}\
fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { a total of 1,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {203,}\f
s24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {305 votes.}\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-253\slmult0 \fs24\c
f0\f0\charscalex100 {Peti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex
100 {oner CIBAC,}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 { on the other hand,}\fs24\cf0\f0\ch
arscalex100 { recei}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ved a total of 495,}\fs24\cf0\f0
\charscalex100 {190 votes.}\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl-213\slmult0 \fs18\cf0\par\pard
\li773\ri0\sl-320\slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {COM ELEC\uc1\u8217Xs appl}
\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ication of Ang Bagong Bayani and Bayan M una is inco
rrect }\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-213\slmult0 \fs18\cf0\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-293\
slmult0 \fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {The Court laments the fact that the COMELEC
i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {nsi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {sted i}\fs24\cf0\f
0\charscalex100 {n usi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ng a si}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscal
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a when i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {t i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {s }\par\par
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fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ng i}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {n the Veterans case.
}\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-213\slmult0 \fs18\cf0\par\pard\li1493\ri0\sl-306\slmult
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{ons and resoluti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {ons of the }\par\pard\li773\ri0\sl
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lex100 {s not an excepti}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {on.}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex
100 { It cannot do otherwi}\fs24\cf0\f0\charscalex100 {se.}\par}