The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has upheld a government anti-insurgency body’s petition seeking cancellation of the Gabriela Women’s Party’s registration in the party-list system, for supporting terrorists’ activities and receiving foreign funding.
In an order dated November 27 and signed by presiding Commissioner Socorro B. Inting, the Comelec’s Second Division ruled that the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) “has the legal standing to file” a petition to void the registration of Gabriela Women’s Party for receiving foreign government funding and supporting terrorists’ activities.
The NTF-ELCAC also named Gabriela, Inc. and General Assembly of Women for Reforms as respondents in its petition filed before the Comelec in May last year.
The poll body’s ruling, however, has not yet to resolve the main case brought by the government’s petition against the respondents.
Section 8 of the Rule 32 of the Comelec Rules of Procedures provides that upon verified complaint of any interested party “registration of any political party under the party-list system may be cancelled after due notice and hearing on the following grounds,” including acceptance of financial contributions from foreign governments and/or their agencies for activities related to elections.The case stemmed from the document itled “Overview of Non-Government Actors in the Philippines-Program 2017-2021,” which showed the Belgian government indirectly funded the respondents from 2012 to 2016 with about P22.7 million. SOVEREIGNPH