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Comelec OKs 79 partylists for 2013 polls

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02:23 PM November 29th, 2012

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By: Fat Reyes, November 29th, 2012 02:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday announced it had so far allowed 79 partylist groups to participate in next year’s mid-term polls.

Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr, in a press conference, released the list of approved groups.

Of the 79 groups approved, 58 were retained, existing party-lists, while 21 were new groups granted accreditation.

Brillantes said that even though almost half of the 115 existing party-lists were retained and only 21 of the 165 new applicants were granted, he was still not satisfied with the purging of the poll body.

“I am not satisfied. If you’re going to ask me, ako mismo, gusto ko na sanang in-abolish na lahat ‘yan para wala nang eleksyon sa party list. Para magbago na tayo, at mag-umpisa na naman tayo ng panibagong batas na maganda,” Brillantes said.

(I want all of them abolished so that there will be no more elections for partylists. It’s time for us to seek change and start with a better system.)

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 exploited by bogus organizations or by groups whose nominees were either multimillionaires, former government officials or members of powerful political clans.

Brillantes admitted that the members of the en banc “tried their best” but that one could not come up with any perfect listing. He further noted that commissioners voted individually in the cases and that there were inconsistencies among them.

Brillantes added that members of the en-banc were still discussing the accreditation of five other partylist groups and the announcement of decisions would be made on Monday.

The following is the full list of the groups approved by the poll body

I. In unanimous votes, the Comelec retained the accreditation of the following groups:

  1. ATM – Abante Tribung Makabansa
  2. Act Teachers – Act Teachers Party-List
  3. A Teacher – Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action, Cooperation, and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
  4. Agila – Agila ng Katutubong Pilipino Inc
  5. Alagad
  6. AFPSEGCO – Alliance for Philippine Security Guards Cooperative
  7. Ave – Alliance of Volunteer Educators Party-List
  8. Allumad – Alyansa Lumad Mindanao Inc
  9. Agham – Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan Inc
  10. Amin – Anak Mindanao Party-List
  11. Anakpawis
  12. Ang Ladlad
  13. Angkla – Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino Inc
  14. Gabriela – Gabriela Women’s Party
  15. KLBP – Kababaihang Lingkod Bayan sa Pilipinas
  16. Kabataan Party-List
  17. Kaakbay – Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan All Filipino Democratic Movement
  18. Katribu – Katribu Indigenous Peoples Sectoral Party
  19. 1-Sagip – Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty
  20. TUCP – Trade Union Congress Party

II. Existing party-lists that were retained with dissent were:

  1. 1BAP – 1 Banat and Ahapo Party-List Coalition
  2. Abakada – Abakada-Guro
  3. Abante Ka – Abante Katutubo Inc
  4. Abamin – Abante Mindanao
  5. Abono Party-List
  6. Adam – Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak Maharlika
  7. Ating Koop – Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba
  8. Agbiag – Agbiag Timpuyog Ilocano Inc
  9. Ada – Agrarian Development Association
  10. Agap – Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines
  11. Akapbata Inc – Akapbata Sectoral Organization for Children Inc
  12. Akbayan – Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party
  13. Ako – Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga
  14. Alay Buhay – Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation Inc
  15. AMS – Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz
  16. Alyansa ng OFW Party
  17. Aba – Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang Bukid, at Mangingisda
  18. An Waray
  19. Aambis-Owa – Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma Inc
  20. Alif – Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino
  21. Ama – Ang Mata’y Alagaan
  22. Ang NCIP – Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na
  23. ABS – Arts Business and Science Professionals
  24. Ale – Association of Laborers and Employees
  25. BH – Bagong Henerasyon
  26. Bayan Muna
  27. Buhay – Buhay Hayaan Yumabong
  28. Cibac – Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption
  29. Coop Natcco – Cooperative Natcco Network Party
  30. Diwa – Democratic Independent Workers’ Association Inc
  31. Kalinga
  32. Ang Kasangga – Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc
  33. AA Kasosyo – Kasosyo Producer
  34. LPGMA – LPG Marketers Association Inc
  35. PBA – Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta
  36. 1 Ang Pamilya – Una ang Pamilya Party-List
  37. VFP – Veterans Freedom Party
  38. Yacap – You Against Corruption and Poverty

III. New applicants that were accredited with unanimous votes were:

  1. AMA – Aagapay sa Matatanda
  2. Ang Nars
  3. Aasenso – Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero Inc
  4. PWD – Pilipinos with Disabilities
  5. Piston – Piston Land Transport Coalition Inc

IV. New applicants that were accredited but with dissenting votes were:

  1. 1JAMG – 1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group Inc
  2. 1-AAMOVER – A Action Moral & Values Recovery Reform Philippines Inc
  3. Abante Retirees – Abante Retirees Party-List Organization
  4. Ading – Advance Community Development in New Generation
  5. Ang Prolife
  6. ACT-CIS – Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Inc
  7. Append Inc
  8. Amor Seaman – Association of Marine Officer and Ratings Inc
  9. 1-Aalalay – Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy
  10. 1-Lambat – Isang Lapian ng Mangingisda at Bayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran
  11. 1-Pabahay – Isang Pangarap ng Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan Inc
  12. Magdalo – Magdalo para sa Pilipino
  13. MTM Phils – Mamamayan Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas
  14. Migrante – Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families
  15. OFW Family Club Inc
  16. Umalab Ka – Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan

Brillantes said the poll body had also cancelled the accreditation of two incumbent partylists 1-UTAK (United Transport Koalisyon), a group which claimed to represent the transport sector; and Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc, a group which claimed to represent the elderly.

The accreditation of 1st Kabalikat ng Bayan Ginhawang Sangkatauhan (1st Kabagis),an existing partylist, had also been cancelled by the poll body.

Brillantes said the Senior Citizens partylist group was disqualified because its nominees went into an illegal term sharing arrangement.

“Ang final debate namin kanina (Earlier in our final debate), because they entered into an illegal term sharing arrangement. Hinati hati nila ‘yung term (They split the term). It’s an illegal act,” Brillantes said.

He added that the poll body also denied the application of the group ALONA party-list, whose nominees include family members of House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, for next year’s party-list race.

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