Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Palace denies links with 6 party lists

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DEPUTY presidential spokesman Gary Olivar yesterday denied reports that six party list organizations accredited by the Commission on Elections are being funded by Malacañang.

"Ang Comelec ang may oversight sa electoral process na ito, pati na rin ang accreditation ng mga party list groups. So we will leave it to their discretion and the authority of Comelec," he said.

Olivar said Malacañang is in a no-win situation regardless if its supposed allied party-list group wins or not.

"Ang comment ko lang dalhin ninyo sa Comelec at ilabas niyo na ang Palasyo dito," he added.

Election watchdog Kontra Daya on Monday asked the Comelec to disqualify Agbiag Timpuyo Ilokano (AGBAIG), Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA), Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak ng Maharlika (ADAM), League of Youth for Peace and Advancement (LYPAD), Kalahi Sectoral Party (KALAHI) and Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA).

Kontra Daya said a memorandum from the Malacañang Office of External Affairs had identified the six as the organizations that the administration would support in the party-list campaign.

They said ADAM is a group formed by Energy Undersecretary Zamzamin Ampatuan with himself as the first nominee, while BIDA is an anti-drug campaign formed by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chair Ephraim Genuino and is partnered with the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Department of Education. – Jocelyn Montemayor

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