Comelec accredits Pacquiao’s party
Posted May 7, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 13:11:00 05/07/2009
Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, Pacquiao
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accredited the political party of world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, an official said.
“Napirmahan ko na at ni Commissioner [Armando] Tagle ang [I and Commissioner Armando Tagle signed for promulgation today the] resolution for Pacquiao’s local party. There is no reason not to promulgate it today,” said Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer, concurrent head of the Comelec’s second division, Pacquiao’s People’s Champ Movement (PCM).
Ferrer said the accreditation process was quick because the Comelec easily confirmed and investigated the existence of the party’s chapters in all seven towns in Saranggani province and in General Santos City – a requirement for accreditation.
As ponente (author) of the resolution, Ferrer said the accreditation of PCM required at least two signatures from the three members of his division to be promulgated.
The second division is composed of Commissioners Ferrer, Tagle, and Elias Yusoph.
Yusoph is in India on official business but Ferrer said that his and Tagle’s signatures were enough to promulgate the decision.
“There is no need for this to go to the en banc because there are no oppositions,” said Tagle in a separate interview.
With the accreditation, the party can now plan their platform and field candidates, should they do so in the 2010 local elections, said Tagle.
Commenting on Pacquiao’s intention to run, Tagle said even without a party, a person could run for public office as an independent or guest candidate.
After losing in 2007 when Pacquiao ran for congressman in General Santos City, it had been reported that he would run for mayor in Saranggani or for a position at the House of Representatives in 2010.
“Political parties come and go, some are still in existence but inactive. Now, if he [Manny Pacquiao] can use his party and influence for the good of the people, then why not, everyone can join the elections,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.
During the campaign period, a candidate can independently spend for himself. As part of a political party, a candidate can receive additional financial support and political machinery because the party will hold political campaigns for him, regardless of whether he is in the place or not, said Jimenez.
Asked if it was possible that PCM would partner with national political parties, Jimenez said “mergers of local and national political parties are natural during elections.”