Supreme Court temporarily stops NP-NPC merger
Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday temporarily stopped the merger of the Nacionalista Party (NP) of presidential candidate Manuel Villar and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) headed by businessman Eduardo Cojuangco.
The Court issued a status quo ante order stopping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from implementing its earlier decision allowing the merger, according to Court administrator and SC spokesman Jose Midas Marquez following the full Court session of the magistrates in Baguio City.
The Court granted the relief sought in a petition filed by the Liberal Party (LP) led by presidential candidate Sen. Benigno Aquino III seeking to scrap the merger, which it branded as “bogus.”
Marquez said the Court at the same time directed the Comelec, the NP and NPC to comment on the petition filed by the LP, the oldest political party in the country.
via Philippine Star.
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