MANILA The Commission on Elections Wednesday announced the disqualification of 16 accredited party-list groups and three new applicants, thus, preventing them from participating in the 2013 elections.
The 16 groups were barred from joining next years polls for failure to meet requirements of the party-list system law.
Those who were not allowed to participate in the May 13, 2013 polls are Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD);
Cocofed Philippine Coconut Producers Federation Inc. (COCOFED); Alliance Of Advocaes In Mining Advancement For National Progress (AAMA); Bayani Partylist (Bayani); Abang Lingkod Inc.;
Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong (AANI); Agapay Ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance Inc. (A-IPRA); Alliance For Mindanao Elders (AME); Greenforce;
Firm 24-K Association Inc. (Firm 24-K); Action League Of Indigenous Masses (ALIM); Alma Sa Pagkahikahos At Ignoransiya (ALMA);
Kaunlaran Ng Agrikultura, Asensadong Probinsya Angat Ng Bayan (KAAGAPAY); and Social Movement For Active Reform And Transparency (SMART).
On the other hand, the groups barred from running as a party-list group but still accredited as political parties are Kabalikat Ng Bayan Sa Kaunlaran (KABAKA), and the Alliance of Bicolnon Party.
On the other hand, the poll body denied the accreditation of new applicants, Kalikasan Green Party of the Philippines (KALIKASAN); A-SEAMARINERS; and Education Development Services for Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (EDSA).
Brillantes noted that en banc decision to cancel the accreditations was unanimous.
ANAD is represented by Rep. Pastor Alcover Jr. The group got 297,984 votes in the 2010 polls, earning for it one seat. (PNA)