SC deadlock on party-list cases

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Supreme Court MANILA (12-Mar-2013/PNA) – The Supreme Court en banc Tuesday entered into a deadlock on the contending issues in all party-list cases pending before the SC.

An SC insider said during the SC’s regular Tuesday deliberations, the justices were equally divided on whether or not the case should now be remanded with the Commission on Elections.

With their tight deliberations, the SC justices ruled to defer for another week their decision on all the pending party-list cases before the SC.

The SC justices are set to make their ruling and final voting on March 19, 2013.

Only SC Associate Justice Jose P. Perez failed to attend the en banc deliberations because he is now on official business in Thailand.

SC Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes is the writer of the decision of the case and has reportedly prepared his draft on the guidelines on how to consider a party-list’s accreditation.

This involves whether or not a party-list must belong to the marginalized group or a mere advocate will already be considered as a ground for his membership.

There are now 95 petitions in the SC involving party-list cases after they were disqualified by the Comelec en banc. (PNA)

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