Comelec favoring Arroyo party-lists, watchdog claims



Poll watchdog Kontra Daya on Friday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave other nonmarginalized groups it had disqualified from the 2013 midterm election “legal ammunition” by accrediting at least 16 party-list groups linked to President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The group said the poll body’s process of reviewing and dropping party-list groups that did not pass scrutiny under the laws and jurisprudence governing the party-list system law appeared to be selective and inconsistent.

“We are appalled by the inconsistent ruling of the Comelec. They effectively shot themselves on the foot with this one,” said Fr. Joe Dizon, Kontra Daya spokesperson and convenor in a statement on Friday.

Nonmarginalized reps

He noted that several party-list groups were still allowed to run in the 2013 election although their nominees do not belong to marginalized or underrepresented sectors.

He identified them as Ang Mata’y Alagaan, which initially listed its nominees as the wife and children of Supreme Court Justice Presbitero Velasco; Bagong Henerasyon identified with Quezon City Councilor Bernadette Herrera; former Secretary Nasser Pangandaman’s group Kasosyo; the Agrarian Development Association of the Singson political clan in Ilocos; and the Abante Retirees of former Rep. Plaridel Abaya, father of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya.

Kontra Daya said some groups currently represented in Congress by multimillionaire nominees have also been allowed to participate in next year’s elections.

These groups include the Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Manguguma Inc. represented by Sharon Garin; the Association of Labor and Employees by Rep. Catalina Bagasina and Ang Kasangga currently represented by Rep. Teodorico Haresco.

Wealthiest party-lister

Bagasina is the wealthiest party-list representative with a net worth of P133.938 million. Garin and Haresco are “multimillionaire party-list solons” with a net worth of P25.865 million and P92.814 million, respectively.

The group also wondered why Alay Buhay, A Teacher, 1Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group Inc., Agbiag!, Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Yacap, Arts Business and Science Professionals of Rep. Catalina Pizarro and Buhay party-list linked to the Velardes of El Shaddai were accredited again for the upcoming elections.

“Comelec’s campaign of cleansing the party-list system is not thoroughgoing and appears selective,” said Dizon. “It retained many incumbent party-list groups that are represented or were created by wealthy families that are already well-entrenched in power, while it denied the accreditation of party-list groups that truly represent marginalized sectors.”

Meanwhile, a Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) official on Friday lauded the Comelec for allowing prolife groups to run in next year’s elections.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said party-list groups Buhay and Ang Prolife would represent the “marginalized” sector of “mothers and their unborn children.”

“We are happy that these lay groups have been granted accreditation. (Lay people) have established it on their own initiative to protect the welfare of the marginalized sector of the mother and their unborn children, especially the poor,” Castro said. With a report from Philip C. Tubeza

 First posted 7:33 pm | Friday, November 30th, 2012

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  • Italpino

    The usual contradictions, hypocrisy and injustice in the chaotic Philippine system which shows both the national and international arena, the weakness of the supposed to be government watchdog for the future leaders of the country. It all boils down to money talks.

  • Adam_d_langgam

    Legacy of tita Cory. Why not get rid of the party list? 75 million per. Why work when you can make money the easy way. Parties subservient to the whims and caprices of the retard in the palace are having their merry ways. Sulong pilipinas ——- to oblivion.

  • edwin525

    Oh what a disgusting news! 

  • lapasan

    This just goes to show that the party list system is a failure. The intent of the constitution is to give representation to marginalized groups and other sectors who could never obtain a seat in congress through regular election. As it turned out politicians and other influential and moneyed people were able to get around the constitutional provision by putting up a party list group who is represented by a member of a political family. Religious sectors are even having their own party list group. What a mockery to our constitution! The Philippines could be better off by just abolishing this party list system.

    • Guest

      You wanted democracy, you got democracy. Because democracy is so super. *irony off*

  • indiosbravos2002

    Party list is a huge scam and our tax money is the vctim.

    • Malik62

       Ronald Llamas is using tax payers money to finance many party-list groups with the condition that they will support BS Aquino X3!

  • pabulaka

    Party List doesn’t do anything for what it represents. It is a waste of money and is not needed since we have so many Congressmen already. It should be the first to be abolished if there is a Constitutional amendment/

  • regd

    It doesn’t matter, I will campaign and encourage every voter I encounter to never ever give ALL party-list ANY sign of life! Delete these parasites from the face of the earth!

  • Your_King

    Don’t believe this for one second. This is probably another diversionary tactic by Aquino and his Admin to take attention away from other more important issues. The Comelec is filled with Aquino appointees and they know that first and only rule of being an Aquino man is attack FPGMA and blame her for everything.

    • Danilo Navarro

      FPGMA..ikaw ba isa mga halik sa wetpu ni gloria..o si big boy o mikey….

      • Your_King

        Unfortunately for the Philippines, the Aquino Administration is only about one thing…persecuting FPGMA.

  • Danilo Navarro

    alisin na kasi ang party list kasi may mga senador at congresista na yung iba mga milyonaryo nilalagay yung iba lalo na yung mga galamay ng kumunista at aktibista si no ang  ni rerepsisensiya nila  pera lang ang hagad ng mga yan bilyon ang napupunta sa mga yan kung ginagamit sa mga project sa tunay na kailangan malaki magagawa

  • Neil

    Sayang ang sistemang Partylist. 20% na nga lang sa kabuuang bilang ng KONGRESO,  marginalized pa,   NAG-AAWAY AWAY pa ang  20%,  ang  civil society – PL, ang bawat isa..

    Tama ang hinala ng marami na ang LAYUNIN talaga ng PARTY LIST system ay “WASAKIN, HATIIN at PAHINAIN ang mga KILUSANG MAMAMAYAN….    

    Dahil watak-watak na ang hanay ng MARGINALIZED SOCIAL MOVEMENT PARTY LIST sa PILIPINAS,  natutuwa ang DINASTIYA at TRAPO,  dahil intak at hindi nagagalaw ang kanilang existence at PAMAMAYAGPAG sa politika…

    DEVISIVE ang SISTEMANG PARTYLIST…hindi siya nakaka-EMPOWERED ng mamamayan.  Isa siyang PATIBONG… KUNG PATULOY ang AWAY at hindi nagkaka-isa,  BUWAGIN na lang yang SISTEMANG PARTY LIST.

  • Malik62

    This party-list purging is a diversionary tactic to cover up the greatest  scandal of all–HOCUS PCOS!

  • wakats

    The poll watchdog Kontra Daya has presented factual criticism of brillantes’ much publicized purging of party lists groups like the retention of multi-millionaire groups of the families of SC Associate Justice Velasco, QC councilor Herrera, Nasser pangandaman, singsons, abayas, mike velarde, sharon garin, bagasena, and haresco.

    Sixto owes the public an explanation/justification on the case presented by Kontra Daya.

    The comelec chairman was a veteran election lawyer for and in behalf of  erap estrada, the ampatuans, cojuancos, vp binay, etc.,  and a senior partner of Brillantes, Nachuria, Navarro, Jumamil & Arcilla Law Offices.  It’s no wonder that with his previous clients/associates, Sixto may in one way or another favor some lucky groups at the expense of his commitment to cleanse the ranks of party-list representations.  

  • virgoyap

    Comelec what’s the relation between pro-life and the marginalized or you just want to please the bishops??? Are they marginalized??

  • sam_aquino

    comelec can NEVER satisfy all people that claims they are “marginalized”…  everyone wants a “piece of the cake”… 

    it’s damned if you do & damned if you don’t…

    party list should have been SCRAPPED, period…

  • EdgarEdgar

    Away from the madding crowd, the PCOS machines and their software are being readied for massive electoral sabotage by those in power today. Sixto the white-haired clown is just diverting public attention away from the upcoming epic battle between man vs. the machine. With Gus Lagman out of the way, electronic manipulation becomes so much easier. Anyone who followed the recent US presidential election probably also noticed reports and videos of voter machine failure, wherein the touchscreen machine actually voted for a different candidate from the one intended by the voter. So let us not be surprised when something similar happens in May 2013 elections. With so much power vested in him, let us not be surprised by the sleight of hand of Sixto the white-haired clown when he pulls a fast one over us. In fairness to Sixto the aging clown, he is merely making the most of his remaining time and cashing in on every trick up his sleeve. 

    On the other hand, the partylist system has long been undermined when Noynoy and his lying sisters served as fronts for the moneyed and the powerful to buy a controlling stake in Akbayan. By turning the partylist system into business, Noynoy and his lying sisters effectively redistributed power to the already moneyed and powerful in society. By defeating the very purpose of the partylist system, Noynoy and his lying sisters succeeded in remarginalizing the already poor and powerless sectors of our society.

    From being the biggest slaveowning and landowning haciendero of our nation’s agrarian economy in the past, Noynoy and his rent-seeking clan has quite smoothly reinvented and transitioned themselves into the biggest influence-peddlers of our present-day industrial and service economy.

    • sam_aquino

      why don’t you run in the elections & prove to us that you are smart as you claim???  you blabber too much but as of now, you have nothing to prove… 

      ikaw ba si madam auring at nakikita mo na sa bolang crystal mo mangyayari sa elections???

      from what i see, you are just all air, but no substance… a black propagandist…

      • EdgarEdgar

        i’m no match for your emotionalism sam. i’ll give you some time to calm down, think things over and find yourself. then we’ll talk again. have a great weekend.

      • sam_aquino

        emotional???  who is??? 

        i am happy with the way thing are going lately, parekoy…  but you, i always see you crying, even with the positive news that is coming out, you still come out with negative comments & your imaginations running wild…

        now, who is emotional??? 

        anyway, likewise to you… cheers, parekoy!!!  : )

      • Guest

        Keep on dreaming if that makes you happy.

      • sam_aquino

        thanks, CRAB…

      • TGM_ERICK


  • Rinaanir

    Wala namang mga silbi tong party list na to. Trabaho niyo, trabaho na ng mga congressman. Hinding-hindi na ko boboto ng kahit isang party list. Period!

    • sam_aquino

       i agree…  let’s cross out all party list… 

  • Ismael Adriatico

    Fr. Joe Dizon of Kontra Daya is being selective in his criticism of the comelec. While he is raising alarm over comelec’s failure to disqualify pro-GMA groups, he’s not howling at the fact that comelec approved 9 partylists affiliated with the CPP-NPA-NDF. 

    Well, of course he wouldn’t have a problem with that since Kontra Daya is a bogus poll watchdog funded, supported and staffed by members of the 9 communist partylists (Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan, Akap Bata, ACT Teachers, Migrante, Piston, and Katribu)

  • Sandouk

    It’s not the problem of party-list because their is a law on party-list system. The problem is from the voter. Why are they voting them w/c is not totally belong to the marginalized group?

  • disqusted0fu

    this cant be true… could be another diversion tactic by the Aquino administration. to take attention away from one, their party list and two, from the inefficient PCOS machines.  no one favors Arroyo nowadays, especially in the government since most of the people there are Aquino appointees. and with the bitterness that Aquino is showing towards Arroyo, i dont think his appointees will ever favor her.

  • mekeni62

    very obvious naman ang bias ng PDI. Unang lumabas ang article na ito ang title ay “Comelec favoring Aquino,Arroyo party-lists….” The next minute nawala na iyong Aquino. Nakalimutan nga lang alisin sa first  paragraph. Haay buhay nga naman.

  • Janch

    Katawa-tawang mga partylist groups.

  • Guest

    ““We are appalled by the inconsistent ruling of the Comelec. They
    effectively shot themselves on the foot with this one,” said Fr. Joe

    The “normal” people are not appalled at all. They know that is the “standard” here.

  • Guest

    Party list systems is prevalent in many countries and they run well with them.  Party list per se is nothing bad.

  • Jokjok B

    “Comelec favoring Arroyo party-lists, watchdog claims

    …accrediting at least 16 party-list groups linked to President Benigno Aquino III and his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo….”

    di porkit tumatawa si prieto at aquino sa picture  eh di na kayo balanseng mag hayag….

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