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perpetual and irrefutable conclusiveness as against the power that grants it. The circumstances of the grantee are subject to constant review and the franchise/accreditation from which it derives its existence may be suspended or revoked at the will of the granting authority. ----Election law; party-list; marginalized sector; The party-list system of representation was crafted for the marginalized and underrepresented and their alleviation is the ultimate policy of the law. In
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POLITICAL LAW CASE DIGESTS 86 fact, there is no need to categorically mention that "those who are not marginalized and underrepresented are disqualified." As state policy, it must permeate every discussion of the qualification of political parties and other organizations under the party-list system. DIGEST: The individual petitioners are dealers of different brands of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) while petitioner FPII is an association comprised of entities engaged in various industries in the country. Private respondent LPGMA is a non- stock, non-profit association of consumers and small industry players in the LPG and energy sector who have banded together in order to pursue their common objective of providing quality, safe and reasonably priced gas and oil products. The group advocates access to reasonably priced LPG by household consumers. On May 21, 2009, LPGMA sought to advance its cause by seeking party-list accreditation with the COMELEC, through a petition for registration as a sectoral organization for the purpose of participating in the May 10, 2010 elections under Republic Act (R.A.) No. 7941 or the Party-List System Act. LPGMA claimed that it has special interest in the LPG industry and other allied concerns. It averred that one of its programs is the promotion of fair trade practices and prevention of re-entry of cartels and monopolies by actively pursuing the initial gains of oil deregulation, and vigilant advocacy for the curtailment of bureaucratic and regulatory procedures and governmental practices detrimental to the entry, development and well-being of small LPG entrepreneurs. After the requisite publication, verification and hearing, and without any apparent opposition, LPGMA’s petition was approved by the COMELEC in its Resolution dated January 5, 2010. Four (4) months thereafter, individual petitioners lodged before the COMELEC a complaint for the cancellation of LPGMA’s registration as a party-list organization. They were later on joined by FPII as a complainant- in-intervention. The complaint was docketed as SPP No. 10-010 and it proffered in essence that LPGMA does not represent a marginalized sector of the society because its incorporators, officers and members are not marginalized or underrepresented citizens since they are actually marketers and independent re-fillers of LPG that control 45% of the national LPG retail market and have significant ownership interests in various LPG refilling plants.
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