04/02/2020 E-Library - Information At Your Fingertips: Printer Friendly 709 Phil. 539 EN BANC [ G.R. No. 204591, April 16, 2013 ] AGAPAY NG INDIGENOUS PEOPLES RIGHTS ALLIANCE (A-IPRA), PETITIONER, VS. COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS, MELVIN G. LOTA, MAC-MAC BERNALES, MARY ANNE P. SANTOS, JEAN ANNABELL S. GAROTA, JOSEPH T. EVANGELISTA, ET AL. RESPONDENTS. RESOLUTION REYES, J.: This is a petition for certiorari[1] filed under Rule 64, in relation to Rule 65 of the Rules of Court, seeking to annul and set aside the Resolution[2] dated November 7, 2012 of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in SPP Case No. 12-292 (PLM). Factual Antecedents Petitioner Agapay ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance (A-IPRA) is a sectoral political party whose primordial objectives are the recognition, protection and promotion of the rights of the indigenous people.[3] It was allowed registration and accreditation by the COMELEC Second Division in its Resolution[4] dated January 13, 2010 in SPP Case No. 09-214 (PL), which reads: As borne by the evidence, petitioner has ably complied procedurally and substantially with the requirements of Republic Act No. 7941 or Party-List Law as well as with the guidelines enumerated in the case of Ang Bagong Bayani vs. Comelec. It has coordinators in almost all of the provinces and cities [of] Region III. Petitioner committed itself to protect and work for the betterment of the underrepresented [and] marginalized sector of [i]ndigenous peoples by ensuring that their rights, cultural communities and ancestral domains are accorded priority and recognition. Petitioner likewise committed itself to promote the culture of the indigenous people through education and the delivery of basic services to the indigenous cultural communities. Its track record is manifested by its active advocacy for the passage of the IPRA Law (Republic Act No. 8371) by conducting a series of campaigns and seminars to educate and inform the indigenous people of their rights. When the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous [Peoples] Rights Act was challenged before the Courts, petitioner A-IPRA gave valuable inputs to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, resulting in the dismissal of the petition to declare said law unconstitutional. Moreover, it has supported, defended and lobbied for the passage of laws elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph/thebookshelf/showdocsfriendly/1/55800 1/7

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