Mikey Arroyo can be party-list nominee, but must pass qualifications
Posted February 23, 2010on:
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 18:05:00 02/19/2010
Filed Under: Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections
MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Friday presidential son and Pampanga second district representative Mikey Arroyo can be a nominated, like anyone else, to be party list representative in the May 10 national polls.
Arroyo’s nomination to represent a party-list group if it wins, however, would be granted only after he meets the minimum qualifications of a nominee, said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento in an interview.
“Anyone, not only Mikey Arroyo, can be nominated to represent a party list group. However, Comelec will screen the nominees of the party-list groups in the May elections based on the minimum requirements prescribed by law,” Sarmiento told INQUIRER.net.
The Supreme Court, in its two decisions on Comelec cases against Barangay (village) Association for National Advancement and Transparency(Banat) group and Ang Bagong Bayani, ruled that “nominees of party lists groups must be Filipino citizens who belong to marginalized or underrepresented sectors. If he represents the fisherfolk, he must be a fisherfolk, and a senior citizen if he represents senior citizens,” said Sarmiento quoting the rulings.
Party lists are given until March 26 to submit the names of their top three nominees and two additional representatives to the Comelec legal department. After five days, Comelec will publish the list in three dailies to inform the public of the sector representatives and launch a petition or protest if necessary, said Sarmiento.
“Comelec is mandated by law to screen the list of nominees and ensure that they at least are a member of the sector being represented. Now, it would be the burden of Mikey Arroyo and his party list group to prove that to the Commission when we screen the nominees for qualifications and eligibility,” said Sarmiento.
Militant groups slammed Friday the plans of the presidential son to become a party-list representative, after he gave up his re-election bid after his mother, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, filed her candidacy to run as representative of Pampanga’s second district.
“We call on the Arroyos to just let the party-list to the hands of the marginalized. We will oppose any more attempts of different political dynasties, traditional politicians and other pseudo-party-list groups in infiltrating the party-list system onwards their self-vested interests,” said Joy Alcantara, nominee of Akap Bata party-list group.
Alcantara added that there would be five Arroyos running in the May elections, including re-electionists Camarines Sur Second District Rep Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo, Negros Occidental Fifth District Rep Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, and Kasangga Rep. Maria Lourdes “Marilou” Tuason Arroyo-Lesaca.
Mikey said earlier that he got offers to become nominee of at least five party-list groups but there is a buzz he would “highly likely” represent her paternal aunt’s sectoral group for micro-entrepreneurs Kasangga.