Magdalo, 15 party lists seek Comelec OK
Posted September 3, 2009on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 11:22:00 09/03/2009
Filed Under: Politics, Military, Elections, Eleksyon 2010
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hear the petition for accreditation of a regional political party chaired by jailed Senator Antonio Trillanes and 15 other party-list groups on Thursday.
Magdalo Para sa Pagbabago seeks to be accredited as a regional political party based in Metro Manila with Francisco Ashley Acedillo as secretary general, said legal counsel Reynaldo Robles.
“Magdalo will field local and national officials who are reform candidates that will advance good governance, fight graft and corruption, and represent marginalized sectors. We see the Comelec granting our petition for accreditation because it if part of the freedom for association,” said Robles in an interview.
On the Internet, Magdalo has started gathering volunteers via its website (http://magdaloparasapagbabago.blogspot.com/2008/10/join-samhang-magdalo.html)and so far, it has gathered 30,000 volunteers.
Robles added the Magdalo group has started talking to presidential candidates from the opposition such as Senators Mar Roxas, Manny Villar, Francis Escudero, and former president Joseph Estrada.
Line-up of officials to field and possible coalition with other national groups will be finalized during Magdalo’s national convention on the third week of October, said Robles.
Partido Magdiwang is another local political party that seeks accreditation for next year’s elections.
The en banc Second Division, composed of Commissioners Nicodemo Ferrer as chairman, Lucenito Tagle and Elias Yusoph as members, has started the hearings at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate the two regional political parties and 15 party-list groups that wish to join the 2010 elections.
They are: Alyansa ng Katutubong Pilipino sectoral party; Aksyon Mindanao; Angat Ahon Magsasaka Inc.; Call Center Agents of the Philippines Inc.; 1-Ako Babaeng Astig Aasenso; Coconut Farmers Association of Linamon Lanao Del Norte Inc.; Alyansa Alay sa Adhikain ng Beterano Inc.; Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga Inc.; Alay sa Sambayanang Pangkapayapaan Association; Association of Laborers and Employees; Ang mga Manggagawang Bayani at Pamilya OFW Family Club; Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency; Pro-active on Climate Change Leaders (as professional sectoral party); Kaunlaran ng Agrikultura, Asensadong Probinsiya, Angat ng Bayan; and National Federation of Small Coconut Farmers Organizations Inc.
On August, over 250 party-lists and 50 political parties filed petitions for registration and accreditation before the Comelec.