Of 289 party-list groups that had earlier filed Manifestations of Intent to participate in the next elections, 17 were dismissed by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), forbidding them to join the 2013 election.
Bounded in the Constitution and provided for by REPUBLIC ACT No. 7941 also known as AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ELECTION OF PARTY-LIST REPRESENTATIVES THROUGH THE PARTY-LIST SYSTEM, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, it declares that “the State shall promote proportional representation in the election of representatives to the House of Representatives through a party-list system of registered national, regional and sectoral parties or organizations or coalitions thereof, which will enable Filipino citizens belonging to marginalized and under-represented sectors, organizations and parties, and who lack well-defined political constituencies but who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole, to become members of the House of Representatives.”
Included in the list are
1. Addicts and Alcoholics Carrying the Message Association (AACMA, INC)
2. Aksyon Mahirap (AMIN)
3. 1-AANGAT KA PILIPINO (1-AK)
4. Isa Akong Magsasaka Foundation (1 AM)
5. Asosasyon ng Mangangalakal (ASKAL)
6. Aniban ng Magtutubig ng Pilipinas (Ama ng Pilipinas)
7. Sararong Bicolnon
8. United Philippine Transport Tricycle Trisikidad, Habal-Habal Operators and Drivers Association (UPTHODA)
9. Aurora Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative (1-AIMCOOP)
10. Nagkaisang Alay sa Bayan ng Maka-DIyos at Makabayang Nangangalakal (1ABAYAN).
11. Ako at ang Basura Movement (AKO BA)
12. Alliance for Democracy and Morality – Bantay Pasahero (ADAM-BANTAY PASAHERO)
13. National Crusaders for Peace and Democracy (NCPD)
14. Mindanao Allied Forces (MAF)
15. Vendors Aggruption (@1Vendors)
16. Bangon Mangingisda (BM)
17. Philippine Banana Pioneer Foundation Inc.
The COMELEC, as provided by RA 7941 ‘may, motu propio or upon verified complaint of any interested party, refuse or cancel, after due notice and hearing, the registration of any national, regional or sectoral party, organization or coalition on any of the following grounds:
(1) It is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association, organized for religious purposes;
(2) It advocates violence or unlawful means to seek its goal;
(3) It is a foreign party or organization;
(4) It is receiving support from any foreign government, foreign political party, foundation, organization, whether directly or through any of its officers or members or indirectly through third parties for partisan election purposes;
(5) It violates or fails to comply with laws, rules or regulations relating to elections;
(6) It declares untruthful statements in its petition;
(7) It has ceased to exist for at least one (1) year; or
(8) It fails to participate in the last two (2) preceding elections or fails to obtain at least two per centum (2%) of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two (2) preceding elections for the constituency in which it has registered.’
COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes said earlier that they will try to come out the accredited party list in early to mid-October.