Comelec Allows LPGMA to Sit in Congress

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MANILA (PNA) - Another party-list group was added to the roster of organizations that would represent their group at the House of Representatives.This after, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has finally allowed the LPG Marketers' Association (LPGMA) to take their seat in the Lower House after junking the petition to cancel their registration as a party-list group.In a six-page resolution, the Comelec First Division said the petitioners failed to establish clear grounds as to why they are seeking the cancellation of LPGMA's registration and eligibility to run as a party-list group."The records show that complainants failed to cite any of the above-enumerated grounds as their basis for the complaint," said the ruling penned by Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, dated August 5.Section 6 of the Party-list law states that a registration of a group may be done if it is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association; it advocates violence; is a foreign party; is receiving support from any foreign government; if it fails to comply with laws, rules or regulations relating to elections; it has declared untruthful statements in its petition; if it has ceased to exist for at least one year; and if it has failed to participate and/or win in the last two preceding elections.Earlier, petitioners Antonio Dayao, Rolando Ramirez and Adelio Capco, claimed that the incorporators of the LPGMA do not belong to the marginalized and underrepresented in the society as they are actually part of big businesses. …