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Comelec seeks proof to exclude Arroyo son, Reyes from partylist

Posted by akosistella on March 8, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections urged those who want Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes and Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo out of the party-list race to immediately file a complaint against them with the poll body and present evidence that the two do not really represent “marginalized sectors” in Congress.

Election Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said they would need evidence in order to disqualify nominees submitted by the party-list groups themselves.

He said that with 187 accredited party-list groups — each submitting at least five nominees — the poll body could not scrutinize all of the names, all at once.

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DepEd chief eyes party-list seat

MANILA, Philippines – Another member of President Arroyo’s Cabinet is eyeing a congressional seat through the backdoor – the party-list system.

A source in the House of Representatives told The STAR yesterday that Education Secretary Jesli Lapus is seeking the nomination of at least two teachers’ groups now represented in the legislature.

These are A-Teacher (Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment through Action, Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms), represented by Ulpiano Sarmiento II and Mariano Piamonte Jr., and Abakada-Guro, represented by newspaper columnist and former labor official Jonathan de la Cruz.

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