Comelec OKs 79 partylists for 2013 polls

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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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  • Keith_P

    So… it seems tuloy pa rin ang ligaya ng mga religious groups na may party list fronts. Brillantes did a good job, but it’s not enough.

    Nandyan pa rin ang Alagad ng Iglesia Ni Manalo, BUHAY ng Iglesia ni Velarde at CIBAC ng Iglesia ni Villanueva. Nagkukunwa-kunwariang marginalized pero nagpapatakbo ng mga TV stations at bilyon-bilyong piso ang nakokolekta sa mga miyembro.

  • Paliwaweng

    HIndi na nakuntento sa nakukulekta nilang abuloy sa kanilang mga kasapi, gusto pang makakuha ng pork barrel.
    Ginagamit nilang panakot ang dyos nila at matakot ang mga tao para sa kanilang pangsariling interes.
    Nakapagtatakang hindi maipatupad ang paghihiwalay ng simbahan at estado sa usaping ito.
    Kung bakit nakikialam ang mga religious groups sa usapang politikal at pinahinintulutan ng Comelec ay isang malaking katanungan.
    Tama ba ang sabi ni Rizal na nagugutom na ba ang kanilang dyos at gusto pang makiagaw sa pork barrel?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Abolish Party List Now!!

  • alex_diaz2014

    Wala din pala halos nangyari sa paglilinis ng hanay ng partylists, madami pa ring nakalusot na ginagawa lang namang multiplier ng mga political dynasties dito… nakakalungkot naman, dapat i-abolish na nga lang yang partylist na yan.

  • bugoybanggers

    Yung ibang party list nag sasapawan ng representation, hindi ba na check ng COMELEC ang mga ito?Act Teachers – Act Teachers Partylist
    A Teacher – Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action, Cooperation, and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms
    Ave – Alliance of Volunteer Educators Party-List
    Allumad – Alyansa Lumad Mindanao Inc
    Ang NCIP – Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na
    Amin – Anak Mindanao Party-List
    Abamin – Abante Mindanao
    An Waray
    Aambis-Owa – Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma Inc
    AMA – Aagapay sa Matatanda
    Abante Retirees – Abante Retirees Party-List Organization■Migrante – Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and their Families
    ■OFW Family Club Inc

  • nti_boohaya

    I abolish ang pork barrel.  Tignan lang natin kung ilan sa mga party-list groups na yan ang tatakbo pa.  Mayroon mga grupo jan na ang mga nominees kuno ay dating de bituin ang rangko sa militar at galing sa paaralan dun sa bundok.  Naloko na. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQO7PMO52SGTOE6ZGRAWP5JUOY captain ariz

      Better Idea…P-noy Need Your Action …Serve with no money Involve ..

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Para ano ba yang party lists na yan??? Lahat na lang gusto maging lider wala namang transparent na project na maipamalas, puro lang sosyalan. LAHAT GUSTO MAGING LIDER WALANG FOLLOWERS.

  • lapasan

    Abolish this useless party list system, how many of them are just front of politicians? or powerful moneyed individuals or religious organization? The country and the Filipinos will be better off with out this system which just worsens our electoral system? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P46VEAWAZYDQTLUAROVWJ6IVRM iamwhoiam

    Partylist system is a total waste of taxpayers’ money! It’s a duplication of Congress itself! I can’t comprehend how these legislators themselves tolerate this! No wonder why Philippines is always and forever will be dancing the Cha-cha! One step forward, two-steps backward! Political maturity is unattainable with this kind of mentality! Philippines political system is a total shame!!!!

  • Your_King

    Ok fine! Now that that’s done. Can the Comelec and the Aquino Admin finally focus on those darn faulty PCOS machines that are having issues scanning the ballots??? Manufacturers already gave a warning but no one in position seems to care or do anything about it. All these talks about party-lists seem to be distracting from the problem of the thing that will ultimately decide the elections.

  • calipso_2100

    Party lists – representatives of the marginalized sectors in society.

    One reason why there are marginalized people is because the branches of government are not functioning well in providing the needs of these people.  The people in the government are not functioning.  But the government’s solution is to put more dysfunctional people in one of its branches.  GENIUS. JUST GENIUS.

  • proton_1997

    I agree with calipso_2100. He makes perfect sense. Just look at the politicians during campaign period, they would court the votes of the poor, marginalized, etc. If only they fulfill thier promises to the poor, there won’t be any need for the party-list groups.

  • mypride

    AMA – Ang Mata’y Alagaan ??? What kind of marginalized group is that???

    • calipso_2100

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see ALED – Asosasyon ng mga Lalaking may Erectile Dsyfuntion.

      • mypride

        Kung sa bagay, maraming Pilipino ang nag bubulagbulagan.

  • Rio Legaspi

    It is indeed a very very clear sign of our wrong system. I cannot see any logic to all of them, after all what is the use of congressman. I am running out of right explanation into how you people in the three branches of government are doing your particular job. We are wasting time and money at the same time.

  • Rio Legaspi

    The name itself will how its vagueness and irrelevance…PARTY LIST? What is that? All i can say is it is full of PARTY LISTING nowadays! But what is the effect? Nothing!

  • calipso_2100

    Q: What do party lists do best?
    A: Party after receiving Pork Barrel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYRQYZYPNIXG522TIVQE5OUTG4 robert

    instead na party list ang iabolish why not congress itself. then palitan ng party list group lahat. ako quezon, ako manila, ako rizal, ako batangas, etc etc.

  • daracks5767

    we gotta support magdalo-Magdalo Para sa Pilipino……

  • Agata Baltazar

    ang daming party lists! let’s all be vigilant folks!

  • Aleksander Boleslaw

    Agata here is right. Let us all be vigilant. 

  • David Fabian

    okay itong magdalo ah..may iboboto na ako sa eleksyon..

  • Jing Oreta

    Let’s trust the Filipinos will elect partylists that can truly effect change to the minorities they represent.

  • Sophia Castro

    Andami daming partylists! sana di malito ang taumbayan kung anony partylist iboboto nila!

  • Aiden Dela Cruz

    Maging mapagbantay! iboto ang partylist na totoong nagsisilbi sa kanilang mga nirerepresentante!

  • Karen Mabini

    Andami nating pagpipilian….hmmmmm… sino kaya iboboto ko…

  • Gerald Bautista

    Let the filipinos decide the fate of these party lists

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZBCPCO2JKAPD2SB7WXAYZJJLNA Jing

    nakuuu, nakakalito. andami :S

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2DTZ2X7VCHEVWISBZNICIY2OA Andrea

    let’s trust that the filipinos will be wise in choosing their partylist in the election. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UAFA6EPWWU6IERLX5OT3USD3JU Angel

    Let’s vote for the partylist that really serves. Let’s vote for the Magdalo!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UPBI3ESYPHNYH72R3544I564UM Minnette

    sana di malito ang ating mga kababayan kung anong partylist ang kanilang iboboto…………

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