1.20.2010

PIA News Service - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ALLUMAD, five other party-lists accredited by Comelec

BUTUAN CITY (20 January) – Following the cry of the Alyansang Lumad Mindanao (ALLUMAD) over the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) rejection of the group to be included in the party-list nomination for the forthcoming May 2010 national election, the Comelec on Tuesday (January 19) accredited the group, including five others.

In Comelec Resolution No. 8745 “In the matter of the manifestations of intent to participate under the party-list system of representation in connection with the May 10, 2010 automated national and local elections”, the poll body decided to give due course to the said party-lists and directed the Law Department to include them in the certified list of candidates for party-list elections.

The six additional groups that were approved by Comelec including the ALLUMAD are: Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction, Inc. (ARARO); LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA); Alyansa ng OFW Party (ALYANSA NG OFW); Ang National Coalition on Indigenous People’s Action (Ang NCIP); and Bagong Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Samahan sa Sektor ng Transportasyon (BANGON TRANSPORT) which added to the previous 144 party-lists as announced by the poll body on Friday (January 15) out of the 306nthat filed its manifestations last year. With these developments, the poll body posted 150 total number of accredited party-lists who will vie in the national polls on May.

The resolution also stated that the approval of the petitions for registration/motions for reconsideration of other party-list/coalitions/sectoral organizations is now pending for resolution with the Commission without prejudice to the determination which of the two factions of the registered party-list/coalitions/sectoral organizations which filed two (2) manifestations of intent to participate is the official representative of said party-list/coalitions/sectoral organizations, and to the approval/denial of the petitions for certiorari now pending with the Supreme Court.

The resolution was jointly signed by Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, Commissioners Rene Sarmiento, Nicodemo Ferrer, Lucenito Tagle, Armando Velasco, Elias Yusoph, and Gregorio Larrazabal.

It can be recalled that on December 30, 2009, ALLUMAD Council of Elderly chaired by Julius Mabandos “Datu Mamakow Makapandong” called a press conference in one of the local hotels here to present their sentiments to the local media and likewise to appeal to Comelec to reconsider their sectoral accreditation in the May 2010 national and local elections.

ALLUMAD is a lumad group based in Caraga Region representing 31 tribes in Mindanao, particularly in Region 9, Region 10-Northern Mindanao, Region 11-Southern Mindanao and Region 13 – the Caraga Administrative Region.

It was also gathered that the group is the first from Caraga Region to be recognized by the Comelec to be included in the party-list nominations in the national election. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-Caraga)