Solon: Review Comelec’s filing fee for DQ

REP. Teddy Casiño (Partylist, Bayan Muna) asked the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms to review Comelec’s imposition of the P10,000 fee for the filing of disqualification.

Casiño said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution charging a soaring filing fee of P10,000 becomes an additional deterrent for any ordinary citizen and legitimate group or organization, especially those from the marginalized and underrepresented to help weed out fake party-list groups who may again bribe their way into the party-list system.

Meanwhile, Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna) urged colleagues to probe reports that party list accreditation is being sold for a huge amount of money by some alleged “fixers” at the Comelec.

Colmenares recalled the revelation of Danton Remoto of the Party-list Ladlad, who said that party-list group accreditation was being sold for a price amounting to millions of pesos by “fixers” and alleged lawyers identified with the Comelec. The Ladlad party was disqualified by the 2nd Division of the Comelec.
He also noted the case of a certain Joel Mendez was allegedly offered to become a nominee of any two party-list group already accredited by the Comelec if he will pay an amount of  P5 million for a 2nd nominee slot and P2 million for 3rd nominee slot.

Colmenares also cited  report that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested suspected members of a syndicate in the Comelec allegedly selling party-list accreditation and seats for P10 to P15 million.

“This issue of bribery must not be left in limbo. The integrity of our party-list system must be protected,” Colmenares said.

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