37 more partylist groups barred in 2013 polls


Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday announced that it had barred 37 more partylist groups from running in next year’s mid-term elections.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., in a press conference, said that among those disqualified were two existing partylists: Butil and Binhi.

Butil partylist, a group which seeks to provide “political empowerment” to farmers, is represented in the 15th Congress by Rep. Agapito Guanlao.

He said that the votes on the two existing partylists were not unanimous but did not elaborate on why they were cancelled.

Brillantes also said that the following new applicants had been denied their requests for accreditation:

1 Ang Batas (1 Ang Bagong Alyansang Tagapagtaguyod ng Adhikaing Sambayanan)
1-A Health
1-AID DALAW INC. (1-Alliance of Inmates Detainees and Dalaw)
1-AIMCOOP (Aurora Integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative)
1-AKONG MINIMUM WAGER (1-Akong Minimum Wage Earner)
1-APTO (1 – Alliance Of Public Transport Organization)
1PAGASA (The Philippine Association of GSIS, AFPSLAI, SSS and Allied
Members, Inc.)
1TEACH (1 Team For Education Advancement and Change Inc.)
4M (Magdiwang Maharlikang Mamamayan Movement)
4P’s (Pahiyom Pobreng Pamilyang Pinoy, Inc)
AAA (AAA-Aviation Advancement Advocates Inc.)
AAD (Ang Ating Damayan Citizens Alliance)
ABI (Apila Ng Bayan Inc)
ABP (Aktibong Bayang Pilipino Inc.)
ACES (Alliance of Concerned Entrepreneurs for Food Security, Inc.)
ACTS-OFW (Acts-Overseas Filipino Workers Coalition of Organizations)
Ako Bisaya Political Party
AKOPA (Ako ang Pasahero, Inc.)
ANFBI (Active National Federation of Bantay Bayan Inc.)
APELA (Advocates for Penology Enhancement and Legal Assistance Inc.)
ARBA Inc. (Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association, Inc.)
ASD (Adult School Drop-Out)
ATTOM (Alyansang mga Tsuper at Transport Operators ng Mindanao, Inc.,)
BRAVO (Bravo For Justice, Inc.)
BRP-SSS (Social Security System Beneficiaries, Retirees, Pensioners
Association Incorporated)
HAPPI (Hanapbuhay Para Sa Pinoy, Inc.)
MAR (Mindanao Alliance For Reforms)
MELCHORA (Movement of Women for Change and Reform)
NOYPI (Ang Bagong Noypi Movement, Inc.)
PM Coalition (Partidong Manggagawa Coalition)
PPP (Pilipinas Para Sa Pinoy)
SPA (Samahan ng mga Personero sa Aduana Inc)
WACCAA (Worldwide Anti-Crime and Child Abuse Assistance Group, Inc.)

He said that the new applicants were denied accreditation in the division levels and the decisions were affirmed by the en banc.

Meanwhile, when pressed by reporters about the decision on the group Ang Mata’y Alagaan (AMA), Brillantes said the group was likely to be allowed to participate in the partylist race.

“Palagay ko granted pero hindi rin unanimous….. tapos na voting namin doon (I think it was granted but no unanimous…the voting is over),” Brillantes said.

Election watchdog Kontra Daya had opposed the inclusion of the group Ang Mata’y Alagaan in the list of groups to be allowed by the Comelec to run in the party-list elections next year. Kontra Daya, in earlier reports, claimed that that some groups violated the Comelec rules when they submitted names of “questionable” individuals as their nominees.

Also, the group claimed that most of the names submitted as nominees do not “represent the interest of the marginalized and underrepresented” due to their political and business backgrounds.

Leading nominees of the group include the wife and two children of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco.

Brillantes said that Ang Mata’y Alagaan originally had three members of Velasco’s family as nominees but that two of them withdrew. He however declined to disclose names.

The Comelec has been undergoing a re-evaluation of old and new partylist groups as part of their efforts to cleanse the party-list 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.

“This is the first time that we are taking out existing partylists…and this is also the first time that we are disallowing the participation of so many new applicants,” Brillantes said when asked to describe the party-list purge.

Brillantes said that they would also be releasing a final list of all the partylists that will be allowed to run in the partylist race Thursday. He had earlier noted that a maximum of 100 partylist groups would be allowed to join the midterm elections next year.

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  • ever green

    bawat partylist may kanya-kanyang paniniwala na sila ay nag-rerepresent sa isang minority group. Kaya ang view ng mga natatanggal ay hindi patas ang comelec. 

    kung pagbabasehan lang ang mga guidelines ng comelec, e subject sa opinion ng mga commissioner ang pagpipili.

    personally,I couldn’t care less kung aling partylist ang pasok o hindi. never voted for them anyway. pero dapat lang, tanggalin na lang ang partylist system para wala ng angal……

    • andresa igbac

       di ka pala bumoboto for them so why complain?

      • ever green

        expressing an opinion and complaining are totally different things.

  • TwiggyRamirez

    …bat di pa tanggalin yang walang kwentang partylist system na yan? isama na din ang kongreso. dagdag gastusin lang yang mga yan.

    • marionics

      cha cha yan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W5CBI5UE5XETQ3VSBPTTT3I3ZU michael

    dapat pati anakbayan and bayan muna….  

  • andresa igbac

    to evergreen: at hindi subject sa opinion ng commissioners ang pagbawas ng partylist groups. may partylist system law, at andun ang qualifications/guidelines for partylist groups.

    • ever green

      yes. and its subject to their own interpretation. kaya nga may mga a-appeal sa SC kasi iba ang paniniwala nila. 

  • 2rey3

    What the COMELEC is doing regarding the partylist is good at face value but the most important concern  they should attend to is the fact that the SMARTMATIC PCOS machines have no source code after all in 2010 and for sure in 2013 based on the admission itself of SMARTMATIC in its complaint against the DOMINION filed in a court in the United States!!!!!!l

  • http://twitter.com/soulassassin547 soul.assassin

    Bakit may nasingit na forex? Partylist ba rin yan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.woo.58555 Vincent Woo

    ung talagang nakakatulong sa magsasaka…tinanggal niyo.. b dapt tanggalin..ung mg wala talagang nagagawa??? baka naman..pinapalakas niyo ung administration?? para wla ng against sa inyo???

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