Tricycle driver files disqualification case against party-list representative Mikey Arroyo
Tricycle driver Danilo Antipasado from Caloocan City filed on July 29 a petition to disqualify Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo as the representative of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), a party-list group that supposedly represents tricycle drivers, security guards and farmers, reports GMANews.tv. Antipasado also asked the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal to disqualify AGP itself.
GMANews.tv and Inquirer.net reported that Antipasado’s petition said, "[Arroyo] is the scion of a rich and landed family of the Macapagal and Arroyo clans. He is a son of a (former) president of the republic and is himself a former vice governor of his province and a two-term congressman of his district... [He is neither a tricycle driver nor a security guard] and therefore cannot claim to truly represent them in Congress."
Antipasado added that Arroyo did not follow the Commission on Elections rule that a party-list nominee must be a member of the organization he or she wishes to represent at least 90 days before the May 10 elections. He cited newspaper reports saying that Arroyo was still choosing a party-list group to join as late as February 18.
According to GMANews.tv, Antipasado’s disqualification case is the third one filed against Arroyo, following that of former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, and Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Teddy Casino. Colmenares, along with security guards Rowell Aggabao Pino and Ronald Estrella, accompanied Antipasado in filing the case.
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