Ang Ladlad now included in May ballots: Supreme Court stops Comelec's LGBT ban
Through a temporary restraining order (TRO), the Supreme Court stopped the Commission on Elections from denying the party list bid of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) group, Ang Ladlad. In the same ruling, the SC ordered the Comelec to print Ang Ladlad's name on the ballots for the May elections, reports Inquirer.net.
The SC issued a TRO against two rulings of the Comelec last year: the first on November that denied Ang Ladlad's party-list application because they "tolerate immorality," and the second on December that junked Ang Ladlad's appeal to overturn the November ruling.
The SC has yet to tackle the merits of the case but they issued a TRO since the ballots will be printed starting January 25. "If the Court decides that the party-list Ladlad should be included, then it might be very difficult, if not impossible, to include them," said Supreme Court spokesman and deputy court administrator Jose Midas Marquez. Marquez told GMANews.tv that the "[TRO] is indefinite until [the high court] decides to lift the order or decides on the case of Ang Ladlad."
The Comelec had until January 11, Monday to comment on the TRO but Marquez told GMANews.tv on January 12 that they didn't receive any comment from the Comelec.
In his blog, Ang Ladlad National Chairperson Danton Remoto wrote, "O kitam? There is a God of divine justice who sees all, but just waits. Let us hope and pray the SC reverses the insane Comelec decision calling us immoral and not letting us become the number-one party list in the 2010 polls."
In an interview with GMA News, Remoto said, "Nung nagpadala ang Comelec noong November ng kanilang decision na Ladlad should not be allowed to run because they are immoral, tawa ako nang tawa. Sabi ko, anong nangyari sa Comelec? Ang I.Q. bumagsak... Ayan tuloy, dinampot sa kangkungan."