Palace, Comelec hit on Akbayan



Akbayan Partylist Representative Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Kontra Daya, the election watchdog group that petitioned for the disqualification of the Akbayan party-list group, said it was “unconvinced” by the reasons given by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allowing the group to participate in the 2013 elections.

Kontra Daya convenor Fr. Joe Dizon said the group would go the Supreme Court to appeal the Comelec en banc ruling which, he said, failed to appreciate that Akbayan was a political party already “overrepresented” in the Aquino administration.

On Tuesday, the Comelec en banc, citing their long track record and “history of struggle,” voted 4-2 to allow Akbayan and its rival, Bayan Muna, to join the party-list elections and vie for congressional seats next year.

In a statement, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), a petitioner of one of the two disqualification complaints against Akbayan, said the decision indicated that Akbayan was truly Malacañang’s favorite.

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  • dinadaga

    Tatlong taon na lang naman si Pnoy bakit hindi pa natin mapagbigyan ng pagkakataong makapagpasalamat sa mga sumuporta sa kanya noong 2010. Kung hindi maganda ang ginagawa ng mga kaibigan at supporters niya, eh di pumili tayo ng mamumuno sa atin sa 2016 na hahabulin ang mga ito at pananagutin tulad ng ginagawa niya sa mga alipores ni GMA. Nasa atin pa rin ang kapangyarihan ng balota.

  • tramlineuser

    ano ba  nasa  isipan nitong Kontra -Daya  at Bayan?????    sila  ba  ang  me  monopolyo  ng  lahat  ng  tama  sa  lipunang  ito?   aba  eh  magtayo  sila  ng  sarili  nilang  bansa  na  puro  sila  ang  magaling ,  wala  silang  puwang  sa  isang  demokratikong  bansa    kapag  di  nila  gusto   na  me  kakumpetensiya  sa  mga  nais  nilang  mangyari!

    • kamandag

      Yan si Dizon dapat maghubad ng abito at pumalaot sa mundo ng pulitika para magkaruon ng katuturan ang kaniyang pakikialam. Nagpapatawag pa ng father PUWEEE

  • Philcruz

    Why would anyone want to disqualify a political party who has gained for itself the respect and cooperation of the administration and is now in a position to do even more for the sector they represent?

    • Tristanism

      That is what I have been trying to wrap my head around. Porke’t sumikat at nagkaroon ng impluwensiya ay hindi na nagrerepresent sa marginalized? I don’t see the logic.

  • truth_will_set_us_free


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  • Gerry Salvador

    why are priests meddling with politics? they should be out there helping the poorest of the poor and cleansing their ranks of gays and pedophiles!

  • EdgarEdgar

    When Noynoy and his sisters pumped in millions into Akbayan, that should have raised a red flag. When Noynoy and his sisters served as fronts for dubious money to funnel into Akbayan, that is an even bigger red flag. When Noynoy and his sisters executed an elaborate plan to cover-up, deceive and mislead the Filipino public, that is the reddest flag of all red flags. The red flags should have alarmed AMLC for potential money laundering if not anomalous financial transactions. By making millionaires out of Akbayan’s members, Noynoy and his lying sisters technically disqualified Akbayan from being part of the marginalized sector. By pumping in too much money and power into Akbayan, Noynoy and his lying sisters tipped the balance of power and seriously undermined the partylist system. By complicitly allowing millions of money to hijack the partylist system, Noynoy and his lying sisters effectively changed the rules of the game and defeated the very purpose of the partylist system. The partylist system is now officially the playground of the moneyed and powerful interests of our society. Goodbye to redistribution of political power to the powerless, helpless and disenfranchised members of our society. Another place, another time, this would have been grounds for the impeachment of our president. For this is nothing short of betrayal of public trust.

    On second thought, we must also give credit to where it is due. From being the biggest landlords and slaveowners of our agrarian economy in decades past, Noynoy and his clan have successfully reinvented themselves into the biggest influence peddlers in the present age of manufacturing and service economy. All in keeping with rent-seeking. All in keeping with our changing times. Raking it all in like never before.

  • Fred

    Kontra Daya, please focus na lang sa darating na eleksyon.
    Don’t waste your energy sa mga apela o protesta.

    • Fred

       Ano kaya Fr Joe, maghanap ka kaya ng Partylist na ikaw ang number one nominee at tumakbo o kumandidato sa 2016, iboboto kita sigurado.

  • CPCook

    Fr Dizon’s reasoning is a testament to the mental acumen of priests we have.  First off, he should provide specific provisions of existing laws why Akbayan should be disqualified. An actual reading of RA 7941 would show that Akbayan actually qualifies as an organization for party-list representation.  That same law does not provide for something like a political party being already “overrepresented” in the current administration.  It is likewise irrelevant to the qualifications of a party-list group even assuming that the existing president hires half of his cabinet members from the said party-list group.  For purposes of party-list representation, we are just talking of representation in the House of Representatives, and the existing limit is 3.  Said differently, how can the act of hiring a member of Akbayan to the cabinet stop from representing its main constituencies (i.e., marginalized sectors)?  It seems to me that Fr Dizon and Kontra Daya are just dummies (how appropriate, right?) of Bayan/KMP/KMU/Gabriella who are not exactly famous for being successful.  

    • Bert

      To put it simply and just an example, what if a big portion of the govt’s resources, including its finances, are poured into AKBAYAN’S coffer, making it a MULTI-BILLIONAIRE party-list group because of the favors it receives from the govt and its political and business allies, will that make Akbayan “marginalized”? And also, what what if majority, if not ALL key positions in govt are given to the leaders of akbayan, making it the MOST POWERFUL group in the bureaucracy, will that still qualify akbayan as marginalized?

      • CPCook

        If government resources are poured into Akbayan, then that is misappropriation of government resources.  Did that happen?  If so, then please provide evidence to prosecute whoever did so. But assuming that Akbayan just received donations (and based on everything that has been reported, all donations were from private sources), how does that stop Akbayan from representing say, women or urban poor? 

        Just to humor you, assuming that Akbayan members were appointed as secretaries of Finance, Defense, Foreign Affairs, DILG, DOTC, DOT, DA, DAR, DSWD, Education, DTI and Energy (clearly this is not the case)… how does this scenario stop Akbayan party from representing women and urban poor?  If you were a woman living in the slums, are you telling me that a rich, successful male lawyer living in Forbes Park cannot represent you?  If it were so, then women living in slums would be denied good representation because their representatives would be limited women living in slums. (Without going into details, there are reasons why certain people continue to live in slums while others were able to become professionals and live in exclusive subdivisions.)  BTW, the issue is not Akbayan being marginalized, but Akbayan representing marginalized sectors and their nominees are actually members of such sectors.  

        Just to extend this further, based on Rep Casino’s SALN as of Dec 2010, his net worth is P91,000. Assuming that Rep Casino is not Corona with hidden wealth (is this a safe assumption), what does this say about Rep Casino’s ability to make a living? Why would I want to be represented by somebody who cannot even be remotely successful? BTW, Rep Casino is not exactly well knows to be a philanthropist who gives away all his assets. But just to compare, Kris Aquino aside from being one of the paid the most taxes in recent years, also donates millions to different causes, both of which are testament to her professional success and generosity. If the choice is simply between Rep Casino and Kris Aquino, I would rather have Kris Aquino to represent me.

      • Bert

        With undue advantage over the other groups because you already have the whole govt machinery and resources on your side, you are still”marginalized”? Shame…

        Scrap ALL party-list groups, they are a waste of people’s money and they have become FRONTS of politicians and PUPPETS of the present administration.

      • CPCook

        Undue advantage? What are you talking about? There is certainly an advantage due to incumbency and of course, there is advantage due to success, but how is that undue? Akbayan’s success is of its own making, and unless one can provide to evidence to the contrary, it appears that Akbayan did not receive any support from the government. If you have evidence to the contrary, please share it to the public so others may know rather resorting to innuendoes.  BTW, there is absolutely no shame in being successful. It is shameful though if one is 40 years old with nothing to show for it , and yet spends so many hours on the street (most, probably not all, of Bayan/KMU/KMP/KSP members).  

        If you want to scrap party list, please campaign for a constitutional change, but please, let’s not change rules just so Bayan/KMU/KMP/KSP would have the monopoly of party-list representation.  That would really be shameful.  (Weren’t  Satur Ocampo and Liza Masa soundly rejected by the general electorate in 2010? I think they got something like 10% of the votes, meaning that 90% flatly rejected them.  Voting for senators is not like voting for president that a voter can only pick one candidate, so saying that Satur and Liza were rejected by 90% of the voters seem to be a valid assessment.)

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Nakakahiya naman tong comelec. bakit nila pinayagang tumakbo ang front ng cpp-npa na bayad muna. it’s an open secret within political circles that bayan muna funnels its pdaf to specific areas where npa guerillas operate in order to allow npa members and family members to use public services.

    also, why didn’t comelec investigate the 8 billion peso donation made by the villars to bayan muna et al during the 2010 elections in exchange for being granted a nationwide permit-to-campaign and permit-to-win by the cpp central committee. in fact the villars just made another generous donation to teddy casino for the 2013 elections in exchange for implicit cpp-npa support for cynthia villar’s candidacy.

  • Cola

    Track record and long struggle is not part of the qualifications but being MARGINALIZED and UNDER-REPRESENTED.  Brillantes suddenly became NOT brilliant.  Was he not the one who was asking for the definition of MARGINALIZED.  Now, he is totally disregarding the word.

  • disqusted0fu

    both the head of Comelec and head of the Palace are being questioned on their mental fitness. what else should we expect??? birds with the same feather flock together.

  • vinzerx

    Hey leftists, if you can stand on your tenuous claims about “serving the masses”, there’s no reason another group cannot claim the same. What, you think only you have the moral higher ground on serving the masses?

  • Jon

    Isa-isang nawawala na ang mga dating kakampi ng palasyo.
    Darating ang araw na ang KKK na lang ang matitirang nakapaligid sa gobyerno.

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