Comelec OKs disabled party but disqualifies anti-rebel group



Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the first party-list organization eligible to vie for congressional seats in next year’s balloting—a group calling itself Pilipinos with Disabilities (PWD).

“They are represented by Filipinos, all of them are disabled—their members and all their nominees,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said in a press conference Wednesday.

“Right now, we don’t have the representation of the disabled. This is the first one and we hope they will be able to win,” he added.

The PWD nominees were identified as Michael Barredo, Manuel Agcaoili, Adeline Ancheta, Octavio Gonzales and Luis Arellano.

Brillantes also announced that 19 more party-list groups purportedly representing anticommunists, coconut farmers, the urban poor, mining advocates and indigenous peoples were officially dropped from the May 2013 elections.

This brings to 69 the number of party-list organizations, among 200 being reviewed, disqualified from the balloting. Those delisted include 45 existing party-list groups.

The 19 disqualified on Wednesday were merely “advocacy” groups rather than  sectoral representatives, Brillantes said.

In a separate interview, Election Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the groups had failed to pass the test using the eight guidelines in the Ang Bagong Bayani v. Comelec case.

“Their nominees do not belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sector and most of the groups have no track record showing that they worked for the marginalized and underrepresented,” Sarmiento said.

Anticommunist group

One of those disqualified was the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (Anad), an anticommunist group said to be linked to the military. It is currently represented by Pastor Alcover Jr. in Congress. It polled 297,984 votes in the 2010 elections.

In a document submitted to the Comelec, election watchdog Kontra Daya claimed that Anad was an “adjunct of the government,” supposedly receiving funding and support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Kontra Daya listed Alcover as among the multimillionaires in Congress with a net worth of P5.45 million in his 2011 statement of assets and liabilities.

A similar party-list group, Bantay, formerly represented by fugitive retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, was delisted by the Comelec last month.

Others delisted

Brillantes said the Comelec en banc also unanimously voted to cancel the accreditation of the following existing party-list groups:

Philippine Coconut Producers Federation Inc. (Cocofed); Alliance of Advocates in Mining Advancement for National Progress (Aama); Bayani; Abang Lingkod Inc.; Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong (Aani); Aagapay ng Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance Inc. (A-Ipra); Alliance for Mindanao Elders (Ame); Greenforce; Firm 24-K Association Inc.; Action League of Indigenous Masses (Alim); Alma sa Pagkahikahos at Ignoransiya (Alma); Kaunlaran ng Agrikultura, Asensadong Probinsya, Angat ng Bayan (Kaagapay); and the Social Movement for Active Reform and Transparency.

Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran (Kabaka) and the Alliance of Bicolnon Party, which were allowed to run in the 2010 elections, have also been disqualified.

But Brillantes said the two groups were being retained as political parties so they could field candidates in the regular elections next year. He noted that Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing was running under Kabaka as a political party.

The Comelec also denied the registration for the 2013 elections of aspiring party-list groups Kalikasan Green Party of the Philippines (Kalikasan), A-Seamariners and the Education Development Services for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Edsa).

Kalikasan listed Raymond Palatino, incumbent representative of Kabataan, as its first nominee.

Black and White

The Comelec’s first division likewise denied the Black and White’s petition for registration as a regional political party under the party-list system.

In a 12-page resolution, the First Division headed by Sarmiento stated that its track record has shown that Black and White was primarily a group advocating good government. The group listed Leah Navarro, Marco Cabrera, Jose Morales, Mary Shinn Ramos and Nolasco Apolonio as its nominees.

“While it may have involved women, urban poor and youth in this advocacy, their involvement is merely incidental to the advocacy for good governance,” it said.

“In this petition, the Commission is tasked to determine whether Black and White, as a political party through its track record, represents and seeks to uplift the marginalized sectors of women, urban poor and youth,” it stated.

Kontra Daya earlier noted that Black and White’s members had been appointed to various positions in the Aquino administration.

They include Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita “Ging” Deles and presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

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  • rocky92

     When will Ang Kasangga ni Gloria be ever de-listed! It is still hanging on! Its nominee now is Governor Carlito Marquez of Aklan who belongs to the Liberal Party and who is a multi-millionaire!

    • duhconsul

      Seriously there’s a party called “Ang Kasangga ni Gloria”? 

      Not sure if you’re being sarcastic or given the track record of our political system, such brazen shenanigans can and indeed exist! :D

      • blainz

        Unfortunately it’s not sarcasm, there’s really an “Ang Kasangga” party-list, formerly “Kasangga ni Gloria”. Its current representative, Teodorico T. Haresco Jr. , was the one who brokered all those “Bridges to Nowhere” you’ve probably heard about.

        They should be delisted by being defenestrated off their bridges.

        Request to Speaker Belmonte: Please remove all these congessmen from delisted parties so they can stop drawing money from the public coffers. It’s surrealistically stupid to have representatives representing nothing

      • duhconsul

        *gasp* i cry a lil

      • rocky92

        Actually, it is now called Ang Kasangga, it was originally a group organized to campaign for Gloria back in 2004 which was organized/headed by now party-list Rep. Haresco (remember the bridge to nowhere?) who that time also headed the President’s Bridge Program, see how brazen Gloria’s group can be, and then they registered the group as a party-list for the 2010 elections representing the micro-entrepreneurs! Haresco who is a multi-millionaire is heading a party-list for micro-entrepreneurs!?! Can you beat that.

    • vinzerx

      The axe will fall on other groups. The Comelec hasn’t given notice that they’re done cleaning up the list. Let’s hold off and see if they won’t act on that party-list you mention.

  • Mamerto

    Who approves the eligibility of Party-List for electoral representation…?
    Is it ONLY the Comelec who has the say in this…?
    If so…, this should NOT BE THE CASE. Too much power in one group’s hands or its chairman…, is not good for the Country.

    • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      There exists a system of addressing grievances naman din. They can raise it up to the SC which has the final say on the matter. Some denied party lists have done that na.

      But in any case, that may be decided after this election pa by the SC, which means, baka wala sila sa upcoming elections.

      “oo much power in one group’s hands or its chairman…, is not good for the Country.”


    • Descarte

      It’s a process of qualifying party list candidates.  Comelec is the first screening, using the mentioned 8 guideline that the party list candidates has to satisfy and come up with the shortlist who will then vie come E-day.  As mentioned they can’t just merely be advocacy groups. 

      It’s unfortunate that most of the time people call legitimate People’s Organization as leftist.  Most of the time, it’s the politicians who do that because the PO’s also watch over the wrongdoings of the politicians.  When a PO protested or reported about a corrupt practice of a mayor, governor or a congressman, those officials will spread the rumor that the PO is a communist or leftist group that only wanted to destabilize the government.  In worse cases the official will then order the execution of their leader and the conditioned mind of the public easily accept their murder for being a leftist. Pardon my ignorance but I thought Gabriela fights for the right of women, which is necessary in a Patriarchal society like the Philippines.  I mean fight, a little more aggressive word than advocate, because advocacy is not enough to wake up the authorities.  It needs to be a little bit louder and forceful.  Gabriela is more intimidating than say Women’s Lib.  In so far as I am aware of, Migrante had helped a lot of OFWs.  Anyhow, I always reserved my vote to legitimate marginalized farmers or artisanal fishers organization, especially the latter.  They normally get the short end of the deal in the commodity supply chain while they bear the brunt of production expenses.

  • oink2oink

    party list is another multi-million business. just remove all these party lists or best of all, remove the pork barrel in congress.  let’s see if they will still aspire for the post, maybe, but not as many aspirants as now. even candidates will think twice if they still want to be in congress without the so called “pork barrel”.

  • Datukalun

    Well maybe they are military partylist but how about pro communist party list how many are they divided into many groups but just the same NPA or China funded guys

  • kismaytami

    Eh yung samahan ng mga milyunaryong negosyante na nagbebenta ng LPG, kelan yun made-delist???

  • regd

    I’m green on PWD qualification, I’m on red on all the rest!

  • Rosauro

    If it is true that pro-democracy (not necessarily pro-AFP) were delisted, then delist also those who are identified with the communist movement or the CPP/NDF/NPA. What does the COMELEC want – a take over of this country by the communists?

  • pabulaka

    Maybe all the lazy people should also unite and create a party-list organization and called themselves TNT (Tamad na Tamad). They will use their pork barrel to employ lazy people to clean up the streets. At least the pork barrel will be put to good use, he,he. Party -List, what a crazy provision in the Constitution; as if Congress people should only serve limited group within their districts and I thought Senator Arroyo was the Execeutive Secretary back then.

    • LJ1200

       Overrepresented na ang mga tamad sa gobyerno. ;-p

  • allandel

    the PWD nominees must themselves with disability/ies else it should not be accredited.

  • virgoyap

    Maraming, maraming salamat po sa Comelec. It’s a long time that I wish that ANAD and Bantay party list will be disqualified. It has no other goal but to go against anything that smells something like socialism or communism. What has that to do with advocating the cause of the marginalized and the downtrodden?

    • Marcial72

      Sinasamantala ng mga Komunista itong mga mahihirap at naapi. Ginagamit lang sila para sa sarili nilang strategic interest.

  • kilabot

    good job. trim until six(6) party lists remain:
    1) rightist                     – advocating family/military dictatorship (palparan group..);
    2) leftist                       – advocating communist dictatorship (trillanes matahari, bayan..);
    3) separatist                 – advocating dismemberment of the country (milf..);
    4) environmentalist        – advocating protection of environment (agham..);
    5) handicapped             – advocating empowerment of handicapped (pwd..);
    6) pimps, prostis & lgbt – representing red district practitioners and perverts (ladlad, bukaka..);

  • Jack

    ang AKBAYAN partylist, kailan niyo po ito idisqualify? ito po ang hinihinaty ng taongbayan.

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Bakit hindi pa nadidisqualify mga partylist ng CPP-NPA-NDF gaya ng:
    1. Bayan Muna
    2. Gabriela
    3. Kabataan
    4. Anakpawis
    5. Piston
    6. ACT Teachers’ partylist
    7. Katribu
    8. Akap Bata partylist
    9. Migrante

    The people are waiting for the Comelec to prove that is indeed a non-partisan office. I hope it disqualifies the COPALs (communist partylist) soon.

    • Nani

      Those partylist keep the elections exciting, so many people will believe that elections can be meaningful and can bring change. Delisting this progressive partylist will only bring more people to the CPP-NPA-NDF. That simple!

      • m1600

        those people are already with the NPA using our taxes in promoting their bulok na idelohia simple as that.Ano ba ang akala mosir kay Satur Ocampo at renato reyes mga tupa? 

  • Ian Marvin Morelos

    E kelan ididisqualify mga partylist ng mga komunista gaya ng Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan, at Migrante?

  • Donna Marie Macaraig

    Kulang. disqualify the partylists of the New People’s Army too. Like Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Kabataan, etc.

    • PlumberfromCanada

      may nagtext….may tumawag….tumawag si Bigote Llamas kay brilliantes kaya PAG-IISIPAN pa ulit!!!

  • Marcial72

    Itong pagtanggal ng COMELEC ng mga party-list ay para bigyan daan ang mga maka-kaliwang grupo na mamutakti sa Kongreso! 

  • Natx Bacalzo

    Kudos to COMELEC and comm brilliantes for removing the ANAD partylist with pastor alcover as its representative. ANAD is really a scam!

  • Descarte

    Apart from delisting those fake organizations, remove the pork barrel and for sure they will voluntarily withdraw from the race.  It will save a lot of Comelec time and taxpayers money.

    Party-list role is supposed to propose legislations, their “voice” in Congress, that will best serve the interest of the sector they represent.  They are not involved in any infrastructure and therefore don’t need pork barrel.    

    • generalproblem

      matagal ko nang sinasabi yan pag inalis mo yang pork barrel sigurado eh walang kaka didato sa senado at congress. pork barrel ang dahilan kaya maraming nagpapatayan tuwing election maluklok lang sa senadoa t congress dahil mababawi nila ang ginastos nila sa election may interest pa.

    • justyouraveragechinoy

      yes they shouldn’t be given any pork barrel because they don’t represent any district, san napupunta pera nila?

      just like the Senate they don’t represent any district so they shouldn’t be given any pork barrel and yet they have the biggest compared to congress.  San napupunta pork barrel ng mga senador? there should be an audit kung san na napunta ang pera ng bayan.  I suggest Senators be voted per region.  13 Senators will be coming from the region the represent and the rest voted nationally.

  • Nani

    Where did Jun Alcover got his millions? The government should look into this.

  • m1600

    tinangal yung anti-communist pero yung Bayan muna , KMU, KMP, Gabriela atbp na gustong pabagsakin ang gobyerno OK lang kay Brillantes. *&&()%%$ tala ga ka Brillantes.

    • Klein Mo

      Wala pa atang desisyon dyan. Sana nga tanggalin din sila

  • tukmoldinako

    congratulation to Mr. Brillantes and COMELEC for doing their job

  • Simoun Magaalahas

    Simple lang naman ang usapin dito eh “Pera pera lang ang labanan”, Bakit hindi kaya subukang tanggalin ang “Pork Barell” ng mawala ang mga nag kakagulong buhayang mga ito..

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Si Alcover kasi tuta rin ni gloria at hindi naman ginagawa ang dapat gawin niya bilang representante kuno ng anti-com. Itanong mo din sa kanya baka alam niya kung nasaan ang hari ng mga leptospirosis na si palparan! may mga na-infect si leptos. dito lalo na yung bopol na intel.!

  • mon key

    let us all raise a bottle of beer (preferably Red Horse) to the COMELEC where ever we are!

  • Aiki Watabe

    Yung mga nagkomento na ipa disqualify ang mga progressive partylist like bayan muna et al, ang babaw ng mga argumento ninyo, porke pinupuna ang katarantaduhan ng gobyerno, nilalabanan ang mga anti mamamayan na mga batas, tatawagin na ninyo agad na komunista. Lumang tugtugin na yan mga ugok! Tignan nyo track record ng bayan muna kung ilang house bills naka salang sa kongreso, daang-daang house resolutions. 4 na batas ang naipasa ng bayan muna sa representasyon ni rep. Teddy casino. Rent control act, public attorneys act, tax exemption for minimum wage earners…

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