Comelec OKs Piston, 12 more partylist groups


Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday announced that it has allowed 13 more new partylist applicants to take part in the 2013 elections.

In an interview with reporters, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that the poll body, in a unanimous vote, had approved the application of the militant transport group  Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston).

When asked about the decision, Brillantes said “Unanimous ang voting kasi puro drivers ito (The vote was unanimous because it’s a group of drivers).”

Brillantes said the poll body also approved the applications of Aagapay sa Matatanda, a group which seeks to represent the elderly and the senior citizens, and labor group Aasenso (Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero Inc.)

In a separate interview, Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said that the groups were accredited because the parties’ nominees really belong to the marginalized sectors they seek to represent in accordance with Republic Act 7941, or the Party-list System Act.

Sarmiento said that the groups passed the eight-point guidelines enumerated in the 2003 case of Ang Bagong Bayani v. Comelec.

In the Ang Bagong Bayani case, the Supreme Court issued guidelines ensuring that only those who belong to marginalized and underrepresented sectors can run for partylist seats in Congress.

This latest announcement brought to five the total number of accredited partylist organizations for the 2013 polls. The Comelec earlier granted the applications of the groups Ang Nars Inc., which represents Filipino nurses; and Pilipinos with Disabilities, which represents persons with disabilities.

The Comelec has also accredited 10 other new applicants for the 2013 party-list polls, said Brillantes, but added that he could not announce the names of the other groups because the votes on these were not unanimous.

Still no decision on Akbayan 

Brillantes, however, said that the poll body still has not made a final ruling on Akbayan partylist since the commissioners were still divided in their votes.

“Ang haba ng debate namin dyan…..What we decided is maybe we can come out with individual opinions tapos i-seal niyo na kako tapos bibilangin ko na lang,” Brillantes said. Commissioner Grace Padaca has not yet confirmed whether she would vote or not but that she had been listening to the deliberations, he said.

Sarmiento, for his part, noted that discussions were very fluid and that commissioners had shifts in their opinions. He said that factors like the “sensitivity of the issue, the long time that it has been in the public’s consciousness, and the personalities involved” could be the cause of this.

Two disqualification complaints against Akbayan had been filed before the Comelec by various groups arguing that it could no longer participate in the partylist elections because it was a “party in power” favored by President Benigno Aquino III.

Militant groups has said that Akbayan’s members held key positions in the present administration, including Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas, Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Etta Rosales, National Anti-Poverty Commission chairman Joel Rocamora and GSIS board member Mario Agujo.

Sarmiento said that the issues mentioned in the complaints have been discussed during the deliberations on Akbayan and that it could affect the decisions of the commissioners.

The Comelec has been undergoing a re-evaluation of old and new partylist groups as part of its efforts to cleanse the partylist system, which has been criticized as being dominated by bogus organizations or by groups whose nominees were either multimillionaires, former government officials or members of powerful political clans.

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  • jadejones2012

    Mga opisyales ng Akbayan, matataas ang pwesto sa gobyerno.

    Pero marginalized pa rin ito, sa tingin ni Brillantes.

    May sira kasi sa ulo ang matandang ito.

    • catherine sien

       bakit po, approve na po ba ang akbayan?  kasi po wala pa naman yatang desisyon e tinitira na po ninyo ang mga taga comelec.  para po bang, tanggalin, mali, aprub, mali pa rin.  siguro po kayo na lang po ang maging commissioner baka po mas maganda ang takbo na commission?

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Dapat na-disqualify ang PISTON. E wala naman talaga silang totoong myembrong driver at tsuper. E pag nag-“nationwide” strike sila puro myembro ng Bayan Muna at KMU ang nagrarally tapos nambubugbog pa ng mga driver na ayaw sumama.

    Komunistang partylist talaga ang PISTON.

    • Chava Villabona

      magkano monthly allowance na binibigay ni palparan sayo para mag-comment ng magcomment?

  • captainramius

    Party list of  jeepney drivers… what will they do in Congress pass laws to lower the cost of fuel ?

    What a useless system e abolish na itong Party List 

    • Chava Villabona

      Q. “what will they do in Congress pass laws to lower the cost of fuel?” 
      A. YES.

      • marienkind

         Good bloody luck.

    • ern

      they can propose bills regarding the check and balance in the roller coaster pricing of petrol products, and the control of surplus/used spare parts. Perhaps carnap/chop-chop can be substantially reduced. Also, they can propose bills regarding the operation of public utility vehicles and perhaps come up with a doable code of conduct and discipline.

      • Edward

        huh? dre, anong gamit na ng DOE, oil price watchdog ni Concepcion, PNP, atbp. kung ang basehan ay ang mga nabanggit nyo bilang posibling maging gawain ng piston sa Congress kapag sila ay nahalal?hay naku wla na lng ginawa ang pangkat na yan kung d gumawa ng ingay sa kalsada at pag perwisyo sa mga commuters sa panahon kung saan sila ay magsasagawa ng welga, protesta kapag konting spike ng presyo ng langis at tahimik nmn cla at ayaw magbaba ng pamasahe khit sunod sunod na ang rollback ng mga oil companies sa presyo ng langis….tama nga ang napag usapan ng isa sa mga kaibigan kong financial trader na dapat magpasa ng batas na kung saan obligahin ang mga operators na mag trade ng futures sa oil market (futures oil contract trading) para malaman nila kung bakit ang presyo ng langis ay taas baba..

      • Bigboy I

         pwede sila mag panukala ng batas laban sa mga colorum

    • noyab

      tama captain i abolish na rin pati mga jeep na bulok, mausok, dahil ito ang nagpapasikip ng kalsada at nagiging simbolo ng kahirapan ng mga pilipino….

  • ptz821

    Paki proof read ng maigi ang article… nag i-interchange ang used ng AnakBayan and Akbayan names/terms…

    Sussss naman… proof read before posting the news…

  • calipso_2100

    ALISIN ang party list.  The people does not want it.  Only the politicians do.

  • Adrian Clemente Jr.C

    This party list system in the Philippines is just another waste of taxpayers’ money!

  • Milesaway

    Ano ba yan sa pangalan pa lang.. Aagapay, Aasenso, Akbayan, Ang Bagong.. bakit puro Aa,,, AAtakihin Ako sa Alang kwentang party list na yan…

  • batangsulpok

    Kaya watak-watak ang mga Pilipino dahil sa dami ng partido, dapat ibalik ang 2-party system.


    >>>Militant groups has said that Akbayan’s members held key positions in the present administration, including Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas, Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Etta Rosales, National Anti-Poverty Commission chairman Joel Rocamora and GSIS board member Mario Agujo.<<<

    OVER and over again, since time immemorial, THE SLAVES of TODAY are the MASTERS of TOMORROW.  Lest one doesn't remember, this TRUISM always stares one in the face and, like the rising and setting sun, HINDI PA DIN NARARAMDAMAN!  Such is the folly of life….like a dog that goes back to its vomit is a fool that repeats its foolishness.

    Sabi pa nga ni Joey Rizal, walang mang-aalipin sa walang magpapa-alipin.  Papaano ito lulutasin?  The answer is in every one's hands.

  • scconcern

    Brillantes, you are doing a good job….stand to your decision even if SC overrules you. SC has lose its intergrity and moreso, overburden. Comelec is independent from SC. The constitution is vague, congress should ammend the party list law by setting comprehensive guide lines.
    Plebecite still have time, time is not an excuse, you can work overtime 24/7.

  • $14334231

    cut this BS….get rid of party lists… nothing but nuisance… could comelec allow communist and leftist parties to participate when these are the people that murders those ordinary people who are against them, and kill our military personnel and PNPs thru ambushes…..the pork barrels they get is what they spent to buy armaments used against our law enforcers, mostly soldiers…..we are not moving progressively…in fact we are going downhill and bankrupting the government’s purse due to so many party lists…these pork barrels could have been used to good by building roads and infrastructures which we badly need……”lagay system” is the culprit in all of these and very much alive and well in ‘pinas….let me give you my 2-cent suggestion…let the people decide if they want these party lists or not….let’s have a plebiscite..this way, the government can wash their hands as it is the people’s will that will decide….need i say more???…..

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