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The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) dismissal of the petition for registration filed by Advocates &a Keepers Organization of OFW, Inc. (AKO OFW) for the May 2019 party-list elections.

In a recent 2-page notice, the SC en banc said the Comelec “had sufficient legal justification” in issuing its January 15, 2019 en banc resolution against AKO OFW.

The Comelec cited the group’s failure to allege in the petition that all of its members gave consent to the registration. A subsequent appeal even exposed the fact that only a majority gave consent.

Thus, AKO OFW failed to comply with the mandatory requirement under Comelec Resolution Number 9366.

The SC added that “the findings of fact of administrative bodies, which exercise expertise in certain fields of competence, like the Comelec, are binding upon the Court.”

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