Atong Paglaum v. COMELEC [CASE DIGEST] - G.R No 203766...

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G.R. No. 203766 Atong Paglaum v. COMELEC April 2, 2013 Atong Paglaum, Inc., represented by its President, Mr. Alan Igot, petitioner Commission on Elections, respondents Carpio, J. FACTS: -This case partially abandoned the rulings in Ang Bagong Bayani vs COMELEC and BANAT vs COMELEC. -Atong Paglaum, Inc. and 51 other parties were disqualified by the Commission on Elections in the May 2013 party-list elections for various reasons but primarily for not being qualified as representatives for marginalized or underrepresented sectors. -Atong Paglaum et al then filed a petition for certiorari against COMELEC alleging grave abuse of discretion on the part of COMELEC in disqualifying them. ISSUE: Whether or not the COMELEC committed grave abuse of discretion in disqualifying the said party-lists. HELD: -No. The COMELEC merely followed the guidelines set in the cases of Ang Bagong Bayani and BANAT. However, the Supreme Court remanded the cases back to the COMELEC as the Supreme Court now provides for new guidelines which abandoned some principles established in the two aforestated cases. The new guidelines are as follows: I.Parameters. In qualifying party-lists, the COMELEC must use the following parameters: 1.Three different groups may participate in the party-list system: (1) national parties or organizations, (2) regional parties or organizations, and (3) sectoral parties or organizations. 2.National parties or organizations and regional parties or organizations do not need to organize along sectoral lines and do not need to represent any “marginalized and underrepresented”sector.

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