"We are gathered here today to further consolidate our ranks, which is spread all over the world, for a war in assertion of our right to representation. From here we will rock Comelec's core and hound them in wherever presence they have in the world. We will make sure that in 2010, the Migrants will finally have a voice in Congress," said Connie Bragas-Regalado, chairperson of Migrante Sectoral Party.
The MSP is one the party-lists that were de-listed by the Comelec through En Banc Resolution No., 8679 made last month. Comelec asserts that Migrante was not able to follow the provision of
According to Bragas-Regalado, Migrante's cause is also being supported by politicians vying for the 2010 elections. One of them is presidential aspirant Senator Chiz Escudero.
Escudero through a video message said, "kaisa ninyo ako't nasa likod ninyo ako . . . sa landas na sabay sabay nating tatahakin tungo sa pakikilahok at pagkakaroon ng representasyon ng Migrante sa Kongreso."
Escudero also gave his own critique to the Comelec's decision when he said "hindi tamang itinutulak papalayo ang sinumang grupo. Dapat hilahing papasok sa larangan ng pakikibaka patungkol sa ating demokrasya sa pamamagitan ng balota."
Bragas-Regalado reacted to Escudero's statement by saying "sa ginagawang panggigipit ng Comelec lalo lang nitong pinapatunayan na magiging batbat ng katiwalian ang 2010 elections. But Comelec has still time to prove its worth. Show us that you have respect for due process and migrant representation. Lift the de-listing on Migrante."
To illustrate their worldwide "war", members of Migrante Sectoral Party staged a human formation of a world map and its call "Let Migrante Run!"
The group will also troop to Comelec tomorrow in time for an En Banc meeting of the Commissioners. They hope that their Verified Opposition will be acted on favorably.