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Comelec’s obligation to follow party list laws

/ 05:00 AM June 14, 2019

This refers to the editorial “Disgraceful decision” (6/6/19).  I consider it a shameful day for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to have accepted Ronald Cardema et al.’s petition for last-minute substitution as nominees of the party list group Duterte Youth.

Except for Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, other commissioners seemingly just dropped all pretense of impartiality by turning a blind eye to the party list laws.  They apparently “personalized” their own rules and regulations in this regard.  This is Comelec’s contribution to what has become a widespread culture of bending rules in our society.

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My final point is a cri de coeur on behalf of those who believe that Comelec’s legitimacy is still reasonably secure: It is your moral obligation to follow the party list laws, and we demand nothing less.

REGINALD B. TAMAYO, Marikina City

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