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62 party-list groups barred from 2013 polls


Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has delisted 62 groups from party-list organizations participating in the May 2013 polls, including a women’s group previously linked to the Arroyo administration and an association of tricycle drivers run by the brother of former Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr.

In an en banc decision, the Comelec said some of the organizations were dropped from the rolls for failing to obtain sufficient votes in the last two elections while the rest have been denied to register “with finality” by either the election body or the Supreme Court.

In its 24-page resolution, the election body also said the delisted organizations may only vie for party-list seats in the next balloting in 2016.

“That means they cannot run in 2013… they are suspended for one election period.  But they can file [their candidacy] again in 2016,” said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes in an interview with reporters.

Under Section 3 of Republic Act No. 7941, groups running in the party-list system should be registered with the Comelec to qualify in the balloting.

The Party-List System Act also states that the election body may cancel the registration of a party or an alliance if it “fails to participate in the last two preceding elections or fails to obtain at least two percent of the votes cast under the party-list system in the two preceding elections.”

At least 29 of the 62 delisted groups, which had been approved by Comelec to seek congressional seats during the May 2010 elections, failed to gain at least two percent of the votes cast under the party-list system two years ago.

These groups included Biyaheng Pinoy, a sectoral party of tricycle drivers which listed Abalos’ brother, Dr. Arsenio Abalos, as one of its representatives during the 2010 elections.

Critics of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo questioned Biyaheng Pinoy’s accreditation, identifying the group as one of the nine sectoral party-lists allegedly formed as “fronts” for the Arroyo administration to create a major voting bloc in the House of Representatives.

The other groups delisted due to its failure to gather sufficient votes in the 2010 elections were 1-Tubig, ABA Ilonggo, Abay Parak, Vendors Party-list, Kalahi, Kasapi, Ahon, Almana, Amang, Anak, Apo, Apoi, Asahan Mo, Add-Tribal and Lypad, among others.

The group, Babae Ka, which had also been tagged as a front for the Arroyo administration, was also disqualified to run in the 2013 polls.

In its resolution, the Comelec also said there were 32 other groups which failed to get registration under the system.

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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Comelec , Party-list System , Politics

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEVLIQM7O6KUMLRXO66SQSOUUM sleepy

    delist all partlylist…they just add up to the expenses of the government….they are not needed…give the funds (pork barrel) to those who truly need it….they are just a mockery to the political system of the philippines….

    • zouk28

      amen to that

    • Bart Simpson

      abolish the pork barrel and let the professionals in the gov’t. department handle the jobs. not the pseudo engineer congressman to fix the road. 

  • http://twitter.com/akonroan akon roan

    The Party List System Act serves as a fast-lane to an elected position in congress by scrupulous and scheming organizations or individuals salivating the pork barrel fund, influence and power which makes congress attractive. Hindi ba’t ang party list ay para daw sa mga underrepresented and socially neglected, eh bakit yung LPGMA ni Cong.Ty, di ba’t mga negosyante silang lahat at malalaki ang capital sa pagbebenta ng mga LPG sa bansa? Repel the party list system now!!!

  • Diablo_III

    Ano mangyayari sa party list ni Mikey Arroyo eh wala naman siyang ginawa sa mga SIKYO? hahahaha

    • http://twitter.com/akonroan akon roan

      Talagang binaboy na nila ang Paty-List system na yan,kahit ano na lang na mga organizations ang naiisip nila para lang makakuha ng slot sa kongreso. Biroin mo si Mikey representante daw ng mga gwardya eh di naman sya galing sa pagiging gwardya o di kaya eh may-ari ng isang agency na nangangailangan ng tulong ng kongreso.Balita pa nga may nag-apply daw na mga samahan ng mga ADIK sa bansa,hindi binanggit ng report ng Inquirer kung pati ito ay di tinanggap o tinanggap ng COMELEC. 

  • akosimickeymouse


    • http://twitter.com/akonroan akon roan

      Yes indeed.It was suspected that the militant groups associated with their comrades in congress are the true beneficiary of PDAF which is being used in their noisy and flag burning rallies nationwide.

  • neverwint3r

    ito talagang mga taong ito binababoy at inaabuso ang party-list electoral system.  walang magawa sa buhay.

    ang party-list dapat e para sa mga specific marginalized sectors of society. yung me clear speciifc interest to represent their sector. at wala dapat duplicate. i can only think of 5 or so sectors that qualifies for example only one party for each of these-workers, farmers, OFWs, indigenous group, the disabled, senior citizens, youth etc

    hinde po ito para sa mga security guards, communists, tricycle drivers, homosexuals, gunowners, religious fanatics/cults, power cooperatives,  warays(or whatever province), basketball league, pro-president(e.g. GMA) that we have now. to think there are 40+ useless party-list that we have now and waste of taxpayers money. you have to wonder kung ginagamit ng mga botante utak nila pag bumoboto sila.

    and i believe these party-list also get 75 million annual pork barrel? 75Mx40, what, 3 billion? that’s a ton of money, san nila ginagamit yun? so nagtataka tayo bakit naghihirap pinas? at bakit ni wala pambili ng ma-modernize ang afp e ang dami pala pera ng bansa. hahaha it’s more fun in the phils.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AOKOZS6STCAQGFYWSKENC7Y4KU lance g

    Dapat lang na tangalin na mga walang kwentang party list na yan at salot lang sila sa politics…

  • DonQuixoteDeRizal

    I mean, who needs party list? It is a torn in democratic society and a menace to electoral processes.

    If you are marginalized or an OFW or something, don’t go to congress as a representative but go to your ‘normal’ elected representative in your district and hammer him or her with your agenda. It is called ‘lobbying’.

    If we have the chance to ammend the constitution, I recommend to get rid of this provision. It’s pathetic.

  • popeyee

    Tanggalin na lahat ng partylist, nagiging gatasan lang ang gobyerno. Kung halos lahat ng grupo ay mag kakaroon ng partylist group, ano pa ang ire-represent ng mga regular tongressmen? Pero kung less corrupt ang mga partylist representative, yong mga regular tongressmen na lang ang alisin, partylist nalang lahat…

  • popeyee

    Tanggalin ang pork barrel iwan ko lang kung meron pang magkaka interest na maging partylist representative..

  • Ignacio150

    In mature democracies, people vote for a candidate for the ideology or platform he or she represents.  Unlike in juvenile democracies like the Philippines where political culture is besieged with patronage politics and so image-centered.  The Party List System could have been a good start in molding the political culture to mature. But it’s just tragic that it is being exploited by traditional politicians and scheming ideological groups.  The present Aquino Administration is no better from past administrations as it is forming its own party-list groups.  What is tragic is that it is using public funds in forming these groups and coercing and bribing COMELEC to approve these groups.

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