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Militants hit Comelec for harassing partylists

The left-leaning Makabayan Coalition Party on Friday accused the Commission on Election of continued harassment against progressive party list groups. Makabayan president and former congressman Satur Ocampo denounced the Comelec for threatening the youth party Kabataan Party-list and Piston Party-list representing jeepney drivers and operators with disqualification for allegedly violating Comelec resolution 9615, which prohibits campaign materials in all public infrastructure and schools. Ocampo added that the Comelec en banc also drafted an order cancelling the registration of two progressive party-list groups. “It is very petty indeed for the representatives of the youth and drivers to be disqualified just because of posters,” Ocampo said, noting that the two party-list groups had already submitted proof of compliance to election rules, including extensive photo documentation. “What is more alarming though is that it seems that our allied party lists are being singled out and selected for disqualification while others close to the administration like Akbayan which already has nine postering violations and Anak Mindanao whose posters brazenly line up the highway from Dipolog to Pagadian, are not being cited for disqualification by the Comelec,” Ocampo added. Ocampo said that compared to party-list Piston’s single notice and and Kabataan’s seven alleged notices of poster violations issued by the poll body,  pro-administration party-list groups such as the Akbayan and Anak Mindanao party-lists, as well as Team PNoy senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros of Akbayan who was issued seven notices of poster violations have not been subject to any disqualification proceeding. “Even the legitimate issues being campaigned for by our party list groups like the campaign opposing violence against women is prohibited by the Commission,” Ocampo said. “The Comelec and Chairman Brillantes should not allow themselves to be used by the administration to harass and suppress the true voices of the marginalized in our society.”
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