The Kabataan partylist contingent in the House of Representatives may now rest easy on its laurels.
In a recent ruling, the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) wastebasketed a petition lodged by another partylist group, YACAP (Youth Against Corruption and Poverty), contesting Kabataan’s 2019 election victory.
The HRET said YACAP does not have the legal standing to file the protest and cannot claim to be entitled to any of the reliefs sought in their petition.
Under Rule 17 of the 2015 HRET rules, a protest can only be filed by “candidates who obtained the second or third highest number of votes.”
To elucidate, the victory of Kabataan, which was ranked No. 51 in the 2019 partylist polls, may only be questioned by those who came in at No. 52 and No. 53, meaning AKMA-PTM and SBP, respectively.
In the present composition of the House of Representatives, there are 57 seats allotted for partylist representation.