51 party-list representatives are millionaires

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The Commission on Elections (Comelec) should not allow millionaires to sit as party-list representatives in Congress as this is tantamount to depriving underprivileged Filipinos of the right to be heard in the legislature, according to a member of the House of Representatives.

Romblon Representative Eleandro Jesus Madrona said it was appalling that moneyed individuals are styling themselves as party-list representatives when the party-list law—Republic Act No. 7941—that was signed 17 years ago was intended to increase the representation of the so-called marginalized and underrepresented sectors.

“How can they be called the underprivileged when they are millionaires? Those seats are supposed to be for people who belong to the sectors or party they represent,” said Madrona.

“These millionaires have enough resources to go to Congress the traditional way (as district representatives),” he said.

Out of the 285 House members, 56 are representatives of 43 party-list organizations. All but five of the party-list representatives reported a net worth of more than P1 million.

Mikey heads list

Based on their 2011 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (Saln), the 10 richest party-list representatives are: Catalina Bagasina of Association of Laborers and Employment (P133,938,000); Juan Miguel “Mikey” Macapagal-Arroyo of Ang Galing Pinoy (P99,954,309); Teodorico Haresco Jr. of Ang Kasangga sa Kaunlaran (P92,814,808); Christopher Co of Ako Bicol (P91,063,195); Homer Mercado, formerly of 1-United Transport Koalisyon (P65,014,804); David L. Kho of Coalition of Senior Citizens (P59,521,695); Antonio Patricio of Agbiag Timpuyog Ilocano (P55,641,886); Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr. of Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (P53,326,935); Acmad Tomawis of Ang Laban ng Indigong Filipino (P48,530,000) and Nicanor Briones of the  Agricultural Sectoral Alliance of the Philippines (P46,618,319).

The poorest party-list members are Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna (P697,701); Abigail Faye Feriol of Kalinga (P483,006); Raymond Palatino of Kabataan (P195,000); Teodoro Casiño of Bayan Muna (P91,000) and Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis (P46,946).

Colmenares said the millionaires would have not abused the party-list system had the Comelec refused to accredit them.

Sad truth

The sad truth, he said, is that many party-list groups were formed and/or are being abused by the rich and powerful to get more seats in Congress. Groups like the Ang Galing Pinoy of Mikey Arroyo have been using the party-list system to gain access to Congress because they want to expand the clout of the Macapagal-Arroyos. Mikey is the son of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is now a representative of Pampanga.

According to Colmenares, some party-list groups are allegedly bribing Comelec officials to get accredited and some are allegedly selling their seats to the highest bidder.

“In fact, I would not be surprised if the random listing of party-list groups will again be used by fake party-lists to have an edge over others,” he said.

Colmenares said his group has filed a bill amending the Party-list System Act to “stop this farce” by mandating that the Comelec tighten its  criteria in accrediting party-list groups.

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  • cato_the_younger

    The country will be better off if the so-called party-list provision in the constitution is struck out. Congressmen who represent the people should get a clear-mandate, not 3%(???) of the votes. Since this system is in place for a number of years now, there is probably enough evidence if the system has provided any tangible benefits to the sectors they are supposed to represent. It’s still beyond my ken how a bantay-salakay like Mikey Arroyo could get to represent security guards. 

    • adam_d_ant

      si kato talaga … buti pa ang kuto  …

      51 party list na mga milonaryo and the focus was on mikey mouse? and people would like us believe that th salns of the cause-oriented group reps are tama?  colmenares and casino?  at paano tatakbo ng senador si casino kung walang pera?

      ang mga tinamaan ng bobo lang ang maniwala dito.  for so long these leeches are sucking the blood right out of juan de la cruz.  sana mawala na ang mga party list na ‘to.  useless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    Thanks Rep.Madrona for exposing these so called vulture congressman,at least people would know…….

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Party list accreditation is one manna from “heaven” that Comelec back door operators trade like a commodity.

    Corruption, lack of transparency, and absence of full disclosure enables corrupt individuals to game the system in a pork barrel rich institution that is beyond the reach of the COA.

    We need voters who demands full disclosure on their candidates so they can decide based on accurate information on the kind of candidates they entrusted to represent them in the legislature.

  • yonp

    Binaboy na ng mga Filipino-Chinese ang Party-list groups. Pati yan, pinasok narin nila bilang candidates. Ang alam lang nitong mga “Yellow Monkeys” Filipinos will sell their vote no matter what. Kababa naman ang trato ng mga Filipino Chinese sa mga Filipino.

  • agaylaya

    Totoong maraming “fake” na partylist dahil sa kalokohan na nangyari sa Comelec. Totoo rin na maraming milyonaryong mga party list representatives. Ngunit hindi nangangahulugan na kung ikaw ay milyonaryo ang party list mo ay isang “fake”.  Hindi rin nangangahulugan na kung ikaw ay hindi milyonaryo ang party list mo ay mas makabayan kompara sa iba. Si Mr. Colmenares at Mr. Casino ay hindi mga milyonaryo but everybody knows they are using their party list as fronts for the NPA. We need to review the party list system but look carefully at what these leftist organizations are proposing because we may end up having more leftists in Congress.

    Alisin na lang kaya yang party list system na yan. 

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

      e di wag ka na magreklamo sa kalakaran ngayon ng gobyerno at patuloy na ibuto sina mikey arroyo at yung mga trapos para lalo sila yumaman!

  • Gretchen Wieners

    Comments like agaylaya’s and adam d ant’s reveal the gutter-level of political maturity and intellectual backwardness in our country. In European and Latin American societies, and some parts of Asia, leftist groups are considered legitimate political players, with some of their representatives even getting elected as presidents, prime ministers, etc. Parties, groups are assessed and evaluated based on their positions, platforms, and credentials. Filipinos, or Filipinos who are most active in dishing out their unsavory and utterly uneducated opinions online, are still knee-deep stuck in the muck of Cold War rethoric and propaganda that for them, no matter how correct and sound the Left’s stance may be on certain issues, the Left still has to be suppressed. If aglaya and adam d ant’s comments are reflective of the over-all sentiment of the majority of Pinoys towards the Left and other legitimate alternative, non-traditional political forces that challenge elite rule and hegemony, then this country is definitely DOOMED. Good riddance to the next generation of Pinoy slaves/chattels (future agaylayas and adams), that is your sons and daughters!

    • Pepe_Tan

      Vote KANORIAN for Party-List!

  • kilabot

    party-list law, anti-dynasty law, saln law, check and balance law, jbc law, transport franchising law, motorcycle law.. are just few of the comedies in our laws.

  • Jun Go

    dyan magaling ang mga gahaman sa kapangyarihan sa pinas, may batas at hinahanapan ng butas para makalusot sa pansariling kapakanan.

    kundi man butas ang hanapin, gagawa ng paraan malusutan at paikutin lang ang batas.

    kaya hindi cha cha and sagot sa ikabubuti ng pinas, kundi ang sariling mamamayan, tayo mismo ang tuluyang magbago at wag hayaang ang mga ito ang manatiling nagpapaikot sa atin.

    malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw ang mga pansariling motibo ng mga umuupong party-list at ang mga tatakbo pang party-list. saan ka man nakakita kung ang intensyon ay magsilbi, pati ang sequence ng mga pangalan ng party-list dati ginuguyo at unahan pa sa unang gagamit ng letrang “A” o di kaya’y numero para lamang nasa itaas ng listahan agad ang partido. kahit walang saysay ang paggamit ng pangalan ng partido mailagay lang sa unahan.

    ang manggogoyong mambabatas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jangwa.nakawala Jangwa Nakawala

     Kaya naglilipana ang mga iyan ay, kagaya rin ng mainstream trapo, dahil sa pera at kapangyarihan. Subukan lang na tanggalin ang pork barrel.

    And its easier and less expensive to run under the party list system dahil kokonti lang ang taong aaregluhin. Meron diyan na dating mayor at prov. board member, kahit walang laman ang ulo malaman naman ang bulsa at malapit kay pandak, nagpa accredit ng party list at kinausap lang ang ilang comelec officials, ngayon kagalanggalang na miembro na ng congreso. pinakamayaman na party list pa! lalo na siguro kung hindi nakapangalan yung ibang properties sa kanyang ina, mga kapatid at mga pamangkin.

  • Pepe_Tan

    Magandang party-list yung “KANORIANS” with Representative Mang Kanor. Ang boses ng mga manyakis sa kongreso.

    Kaya kung manyakis ka at maraming hinanakit sa buhay, eh wag ka ng mag-alala. Maririnig na ang boses mo. Ke ungol pa yan or ano.

  • wakats

    What have the party-list representatives done to advance the marginalized and underrepresented sectors of society?  NOTHING except the election of communists and moneyed but unwinnable politicians through the back door, and feasting on the porks of more than P500M a year.

    The law creating the party-list representation should be abolished and its appropriations be used to buy modern military hardwares to help the Navy depend whatever is left in the West Philippine Sea from the chinese expansionists,  which, unfortunately, have numerous supporters in congress, in the cabinet of PNoy,  the chinese chamber of commerce and the Filipino-chinese chamber of commerce.

    Let us use whatever resources of the government and through PUBLIC DONATION to finance our weak military in the defense of our sovereignty in our western territories.  I’m willing to donate P20,000 for said purpose. 

    KUMILOS NA TAYO, MGA KABABAYAN KONG PINOY…

  • $25214711

    alisin nalang kaya ang partylists?

  • blade_29

    Kaya mga kababayan ko, sa susunod na eleksyon wag na tayo magpaloko sa mga oportunistang ito. Kilatisin natin ng mabuti ang mga kakandidato sa anumang posisyon. Matuto na sana tayo sa ating mga pagkakamali noon. Karapatan natin na paunlarin ang Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng pagpili ng mga lider na karapat-dapat at walang hangarin kungdi ang kaunlaran ng Pilipinas. Totoo mahirap ito pero kung hindi natin sisimulan, sino gagawa nito? At kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?  

  • akosimickeymouse

    Dapat lahat ng partylist buwagin na yan….dagdag lang ng budget yan sa gobyerno, wla nman yang ginagawa ang iba jan kagaya ng Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Kabataan puro lang dakdak laban sa gobyerno, pampagulo lang mga yan. Tingnan mo kung ano ang mga nagawa nyan di ba puro lang pamamatikos at wala nman nagawang kabutihan sa mga mamayan…matanong tayo san kaya pinupundo ang nakuhang pork sa mga eto baka binulsa din wala nman nakitang mga project ang mga eto….baka yung project nila yung kadakdak lang sa pamumunuan ngaun…..

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

      Bakit di mo i-audit ang mga libro nila para malaman mo…..karapatan mo naman yun!

  • Zenaida Francisco

    malakas pagkakitaan ang politika,kaya sa anuman paraan papasukin iyan ng mayayaman.

  • Pepe_Tan

    Marginalized groups pero ang nagrerepresent eh anak ng dating presidente?!? Si Kupalparan nga muntik na maging congressman dahil sa party-list. Maganda naman siguro ang adhikain kaya binuo ang mga party-list. Ang problema lang, ang daming butas sa batas kaya inaabuso. Kaya ang nangyayari, nawawala ang purpose ng mga ito.

    Vote KANORIANS for Party-List. Vote future Congressman Mang Kanor. Ang Boses Ng Mga Manyakis.

  • captainramius

    What a waste of money is this party list, they are all there because of pork barrel.

  • captainramius

    This party list should be abolished as these millionaires dont represent the marginalized sectors.  What on earth is our Comelec doing ?

  • yatot

    This party-list idea comes from a very sick person!

    Look at An Waray Partylist representatives! Before, they were average people in Tacloban. Now what? They are using the same taxes to propel their political intentions, duplicating and ever declaring war with Tacloban LGU.

    These partylist people SHOULD post at the internet how do they spend their PDAF!

    Don’t include the 5 million they received upon signing of impeachment. hehehehe 

  • neverwint3r

    of course they’re millionaires. as party list congressmen, they receive pork barrels(around P75M annually). where do you think they spend these money? building roads and schools and hospitals? don’t be ridiculous.

    dapat i-abolish  na yang party-list na yan since it’s practically useless. it’s even used by the leftist groups to get money to fund rallies(or worse, weapons and equiptment for the npa). have you even seen them make laws to protect the fishermen or farmers or the ofw or the elderly?

  • virgoyap

    COMELEC, WAKE UP!!! DON’T LET MILLIONAIRES BE A PARTYLIST CONGRESSMEN!! THEY ARE VULTURES IN CONGRESS!!! NAME, MONEY, FAME IS THEIR ONLY GOAL IN THE HOUSE. SHAMELESS!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SSIOG2PG33MAOXOJM2YBHBPYNM Ariel CRUZ

    Comelec, magkano po ba ang bayad sa pag- accredit ng illegitimate party list? Nakakasuka kayo!

  • Rosello Macansantos

    the first order of business is a top-to-bottom overhaul of the COMELEC. nangayari ito sa party list system at marami pang ibang kawalang-kahiyaan nung nakaraan na mahilig sa “tongpats” na COMELEC officials. But the long-term solutions are: restoring service volunterism at the barangay level; civic education of the citizenry; and a strong citizen/CSO watch towards clean and honest elections.

  • warpiglets

    ABOLISH ALL PARTY LISTS.. WALA NAMAN SILANG NAGAGAWA.. AS IN INUTIL PARTY LISTS

    • magiting78

      Tomoooooo.. dagdag lang sila sa gastusin ng pamahalaan. Imagine 56 representative each of them let say has 100M porkbarel, annual budget.56*100=5.6B yearly matitipid ng pamahalaan, laking pera nun ah, ilang Jet fighter n mabibili ng AFP nun.Tsk! Tsk! our taxes goes to waste.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DCRXGIC23K4SU7AWVIGDCDAN7M AK2

    I really don’t understand how the Comelec comes up with the criteria for accrediting party lists. Why are there party lists for Ilocanos, Bicolanos, Waray, etc.? Aren’t they already represented by their regular district representatives? Are they marginalized? The party list system is a farce and the Comelec should impose stricter rules for accreditation. 

  • Karabkatab

    Christopher Co of Ako Bicol (P91,063,195)…From the Fujian Province and qualified to be a representative of the new Sansha City. Iho de Cabra, ano na ini.

  • malek_abdul

    Since our government is patterned through the US government…why can’t we have only two political parties same as the US? And I have a motion to remove all party list this coming election. The party list was supposed to be for the marginalized indigents of our country. Why is it represented by the rich and famous? It defeats the purpose of the party-list system because how can a rich person represents a indigent if he himself has not experienced being marginalized? Example Mikey Mouse Arroyo. Money works in the Comelec huh? Allahu Akbar!!!

  • pipsirho

    dogs in congress! same as perpetrators of political dynasty!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KISP4XFWDO7PMCBCIAG5XEYQ7M Peregrino Natividad

    What a revelations! Abuse of the system Filipinos are know for! Therefore, I strongly believe on CHARTER CHANGE. The Constitution must be change to address these anomalies….. like a provision that bars political dynastic succession in government offices. Let us doa away with POLITICAL DYNASTIES like the Garcia’s of Cebu. The provision that gives parity righs to nationals of selected nations like US, Australia & Europe, and a provision for military conscriptions for the youth of the land.. a provision that disallow governors and mayors to issue business permits but instead to be handled  by Department of Trade eliminating corruptions in local level  etc. .

  • Romeo salvador

    Grrr talagang pugad ng mga kawatan at kasamaan ang ating gobyerno isipin nyo nag create ng party list SYSTEM para makapag kurakot at madagdagan ang pasanin ng bayan!!! INUTIL ANG PARTY LIST DAPAT I ABOLISH NA ITO PUGAD ITO NG MGA NAGPAPAYAMAN SA ATING PAMAHALAAN!!! MGA WALANG KWENTA KUNG SINO MAN ANG PASIMUNO NITONG PARTY LIST DAPAT ITAPON SA CHINA…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5FRAKSIMP4VVU2JSP5M4NN5HE Maki

    So what if 51 of them are millionaires? Nowadays, if you ‘own’ a house (and lot) and you have a car, that is already worth at least 10 Million Pesos.  The net worth of the representative should not be the issue. What we need is for COMELEC to have stricter regulations on accrediting AUTHENTIC Party List groups… and yes, the leftists groups are legitimate political players.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H64OMUZZAV6WFG3XNO4SUAYSJU bobski43

    Let’s cut this story short, one will find that without logistics it will be hard to be in congress this has been the practice… 

  • pablosantino

    dear comelec,
       Ako na ang babayad sa inyo ng pera basta huwag niyo lang papasukin mga polpol na partylist..

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