Ladlad renews bid for Comelec accreditation

Philippine News Agency
September 25, 2009

Ladlad, a gay and lesbian group, has renewed its bid to get the nod of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to accredit and allow the group to join the party list elections next year.

Ladlad head Danton Remoto said he is hoping that the poll body will evaluate thoroughly their application.

“I hope the Comelec will see the point of our party list,” he said before the hearing of their accreditation Thursday at the Comelec head office in Manila.

He said Ladlad should be allowed to participate in 2010 elections as they represent a marginalized sector in the society.

“Like many Filipinos, many lesbians, gays, transgenders are poor. So we reflect the economic conditions of the country. Marginalization is not only financial,” Remoto pointed out.

He is also confident that they will finally get the approval of the Comelec since they already have members all over the country.

Remoto revealed that they have 13 regional chapters and 22,000 members and affiliates nationwide.

“The reason why we were not accredited before was because they said we don’t have enough members nationwide,” said Remoto.

The group applied for party list accreditation in the 2007 elections but failed to convince the Comelec.

According to the poll body the group does not represent a marginalized and underprivileged sector of society. (PNA)

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