Bayan Muna tops partylist survey


MANILA, Philippines–Militant group Bayan Muna topped the list of 13 partylist organizations that could fill 25 of the 58 seats allocated for marginalized sectors in the House of Representatives, a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations found.

The results of the March 15 to 17 pre-election survey, first published in the BusinessWorld, showed that Bayan Muna garnered the support of 8.68 percent of the respondents, allowing it to secure at least three seats in Congress based on election rules.

For its survey, SWS asked 1,200 registered voters nationwide the question, “If the elections were held today, which would you most probably vote for as party-list of the Philippines?”

A total of 136 partylist groups are vying for representation in Congress.

For its nominees, Bayan Muna has fielded Neri Colmenares, Carlos Isagani Zarate and Hope Hervilla.

Next to Bayan Muna was Gabriela Women’s Party, who could also secure three seats after garnering 5.55 percent of votes from respondents. Among the group’s nominees are Luzviminda Ilagan, Emerenciana De Jesus and Lucia Francisco.

Eight other organizations could possibly take two seats each based on the survey.

This included Akbayan Citizen’s Action (Akbayan, 3.71 percent); OFW Family Club, Inc. (OFW Family, 3.6 percent); Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. (Senior Citizens, 3.52 percent); and Advocacy For Teacher Empowerment Through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (A Teacher, 3.45 percent);

Also with two seats each were Magdalo Para sa Pilipino (Magdalo, 2.83 percent); Abono (2.6 percent); An Waray (2.49 percent); and Anakpawis (2.45 percent).

Meanwhile, Ang Laban Ng Indiginong Filipino (ALIF, 2.2 percent), Abante Mindanao, Inc. (ABAMIN, 2.14 percent) and Kabataan (2.03 percent), could secure one seat each.

Of the top 13 partylist organizations in the survey, all except OFW Family and Magdalo are part of the 15th Congress.

The partylist system, a form of proportional representation in which voters choose among parties rather than among candidates, was introduced by the 1987 Constitution ostensibly to create a healthy democracy by increasing representation of so-called “marginalized and under-represented” sectors.

Twenty percent of the total number of seats in the House of Representatives are reserved for party-list groups.

In April 2009, the Supreme Court introduced the Carpio formula for the computation of the winners for party-list seats in the House.

Under the formula, groups receiving 2 percent of the votes cast to party-list groups will receive seats in proportion to the votes they receive, up to a maximum of three.

In the next round of seat allocation, the percentage of votes is multiplied by the number of remaining seats, determining the additional slots to be awarded.

Finally, the parties next in rank are given one seat each until all the slots are filled.

Based on the survey results, 33 party-list groups could fill the remaining seats, getting one seat each.

This included: Ako Bicol (AKB, 1.81 percent); Bayani (1.69 percent); You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP, 1.62 percent); Agriculture Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP, 1.58 percent); Una Ang Pamilya (1 ANG PAMILYA, 1.56 percent); Abang Lingkod (1.38 percent); Aangat Tayo (1.32 percent); Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC, 1.31 percent); 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE, 1.26 percent); Bantay (1.22 percent); and Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operaytor Nationwide (Piston, 1.16 percent).

Also getting one seat each were: Buhay (1.12 percent); Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba (Ating Koop, 1.1 percent); Abante Katutubo (Abante KA. 1.08 percent); Coop-NATCCO (1.07 percent); Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC, 0.97 percent); Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP, 0.92 percent); Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation,Inc. (Alay Buhay, 0.91 percent); Sanlakas (0.9 percent); Akap Bata Sectoral Organization for Children, Inc. (Akap Bata, 0.83 percent); Isang Pangarap ng Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan Inc. (1-PABAHAY, 0.79 percent).

Rounding up the list were: A Action Moral & Values Recovery Reform Philippines Inc. (1-AAMover, 0.78 percent); ACT Teachers (0.77 percent); Isang Alyansang Aalalay Sa Pinoy Skilled Workers (1-AALALAY, 0.73 percent); Ating Guro (0.72 percent); LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA, 0.69 percent); Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD, 0.68 percent); Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka, Manggagawang Bukid at Mangingisda (ABA, 0.66 percent); Binhi-Partido Ng Mga Magsasaka para Sa Mga Magsasaka (BINHI, 0.65 percent); Agri-Agra na Reporma para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement (AGRI, 0.65 percent), Bagong Henerasyon (BH, 0.567 percent); Kalinga-Advocacy For Social Empowerment And Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga, 0.562 percent); and Pasang Masda Nationwide, Inc. (Pasang Masda, 0.55 percent).

The non-commissioned survey, which used face-to-face interviews, has an error margin of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. Inquirer Research

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  • quirinomayer

    Palagay ko sa mga rally ng mga militante nagsurvey ang SWS. Hindi ako makapaniwala na may matinong Pilipino na boboto sa mga halatang-halatang communist fronts. Dapat sa mga ito e pinagtatapon na sa North Korea at China dahil doon ang mga kapanalig nila. Kung magkaroon ng giyera sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at China, tuwang-tuwa ang mga iyan para matupadna ang matagal nilang inasam-asam na maging komunista ang Pilipinas sa anumang paraan.

    • AntiAko

      Kung walang mga militante, tuloy ang ligaya ng mga trapo at mga nasa gobyernong tiwali. Kahit ayaw mo mang tanggapin, walang makikibaka para sa mga mahihirap at mga naaapi dahil ang karaniwang pilipino sarili lang ang iniisip.

  • juanpedro de jose

    Go Bayan Muna! The Only True Representative of the Masses…

    • jeff

      How we wish you are right. Bayan Muna as the true representatives of the Filipino masses, not of communist china.

  • John Smith

    NOT AGAIN! Filipino wake up!

    • AntiAko

      Hoy, mas pipiliin ko pa si Casino at Hontiveros at Rosales kesa sa mga trapo na nasa kongreso.

      • John Smith

        Up to you. But its insane to vote for a Party that would overthrow the current Government if given a chance.

  • catmanjohn

    Bayan Muna is the unpleasant medicine needed to cure the ills perpetrated by the years of corruption and thievery by Arroyo, Estrada, and others. Overcoming the fear of being associated to ‘socialism’ with an open mind, and hearing what they have to say, although sometimes extreme, is the biggest challenge to the badly needed change they demand. They would bring new ideas, voices, and social priorities to the democratic process, which is a good thing.

    • skylord

      and what are these new ideas?

      • catmanjohn

        For example, the Mining companies extracting resources should be held accountable to the local population, not just greasing the palms of corrupt officials in Manila. They should be held accountable to the environmental standards they are obligated to meet, including giving back more to the local communities they take advantage of. There are many more, just listen to some of their candidates.

  • Palparan

    I-salvage ang mga kandidato ng Bayad Muna!

    • Von Sun Rodriguez

      sir wag nman …. ayosin nya lng ang pamumuno … wag pang sarili lamang

  • Cue_Vas

    Poachers Pangolin Party List ang sa akin.

  • Jose Bonifacio

    While I don’t agree with their hard left stance sometimes, I believe they are one of the few genuine party lists out there.

  • $5699914

    que sera, sera…..

  • jorgii0550

    Bayad Muna FTW!

  • Jerome Ostion

    Ano ba nagawa ng Bayan Muna para sa Pilipinas kung hindi lalo itong pahinain by stirring up unrest? Ano ba gnawa nila excpet mag-rally at mag criticize? What do they do with their PDAF? Baka pinapadala lang yan kay Joma para swabe pagbabakasyon nya

    • Reign

      here are some: Public Attorneys Act of 2007 (R.A. 9406) which strengthened the Public Attorneys Office and expanded its free legal services to poor litigants; the Tax Relief Act of 2009 (R.A. 9504) which exempts minimum wage earners from withholding taxes; the Rent Control Act of 2009 (R.A. 9653) which put a cap on rent for low-income earners; and, the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 (R.A. 9745) which penalizes torture. HAPPY LEARNING!

      • Von Sun Rodriguez

        hahaha yan pala ang nagawa … sa ikli ng nagawa kayang kaya isingit lng dito hahahha parang comment lng pala ang nagawa…

      • Reign

        I said “some” your reading comprehension is appailing.. at si Teddy Casino lang ang gumawa nan, hindi yung buong Bayan Muna. may google naman, pwede kang gumamit non. Happy Learning Kid!

      • Von Sun Rodriguez

        .pag nag nag search ako RALLY lng ang nakikita ko sa inyo.. indi solution ang ginagawa nyo pang gugulo s gobyerno , ang kailangan ng bayan ay solution … try nyo kaya mag post ng report card para ma intindhan namin at hindi lng ako ang maka intindi… gamitin ang utak wag ang kamay sa batas… kung lagi nyo itataas ang kamao nyo wala mang yayari sa bayan… minsan gamitn ang utak…. gumawa ng paraan indi puro salita… kung mapapatunayan ng BAYAN MUNA na karapat dapat cla.. AKO MISMO ANG MAG HIHIKAYAT SA AKING NASASAKUPAN NA SUPORTHAN BAYAN MUNA…un lng kung kaya nyo????????????????

    • Reign

      Baka pinapadala lang yan kay Joma para swabe pagbabakasyon nyA >> CITE your evidence please. duh! paano pinadadala? ilang porsyento? via Western Union ba? may ganon teh?

    • De U Tsch ReMirmo

      bayan muna ang isa sa pumatol sa waiver dare ni fomer chief justice Corona
      tingin gagawin nila yun kung pinapadala nila ang pera kay Joma?

    • AntiAko

      They fiscalize. Kung wala sila, haping-hapi ang mga kurakot at mapagsamantala.

  • Tigsik

    O mga intel diyan ng AFP dali comment na! jusme.

  • bright

    Something is wrong here. Bayad Muna are paid stooges

  • suburbanmother

    58 seats for this so called reps for marginalized sector? So then what do the regular congressmen represent? Don’t they represent All the people in their respective areas?

  • toe13

    no to AN WARAY!!! Grabe ang corrupt nila!

  • maj0_rimbaud

    i will definitely vote for Bayan Muna. this is a sign that democracy is working here in the Philippines. common’ folks, before the left joined the mainstream political exercise, you were prodding them to join the election and now that they’re there, you want them out? why what’s your party list? i want bayan muna in the congress as they’ve been consistent in their advocacies -wage increase, etc.

    • De U Tsch ReMirmo

      good analysis

  • Janch

    Kung magkatotoo, parang mababalanse ata ng mga militante ang mga nagraramihang trapo sa kongreso.

  • globe_smart_sun

    Two Thumbs Up^^

  • Kebboy Asuncion

    right wing logic: “NPA mga bumoto sa kanila!” hahahaha

  • Reign

    I definitely support this partylist, Go Bayan Muna genuine representative of the poor!

  • Von Sun Rodriguez


    • De U Tsch ReMirmo

      sorry kung tinalo ng bayan muna ang akbayan

  • Guest

    It would be wonderful if they win a few seats. Enough with the grabbing, corruption, poverty etc. I will vote Bayan Muna. Enough of the LP and UNA and consorts. VOTE WISE!!!

  • Yrag Larebil

    Thummbs up! for Bayan Muna! Sorry for the sore lossers! LOL

  • Raul Luna

    I would like to point out that this article has succeeded in writing a very biased news bit that makes me question the integrity of this newspaper. The media is supposed to be provide the balance in the unequal grounds of politics by giving clear, fair and accurate news. These qualities are incredibly lacking in this article.

    First, this article gives prominence to Bayan Muna as the top party list by putting its name in the headline, declaring it as a top party list, when no elections are held yet, where Bayan Muna has been proclaimed as the top party list.

    Second, such blatant promotion of Bayan Muna was based on a survey that was conducted more than a month ago. It was outdated news at its worst and history at its best.

    Lastly, the writer went as far as even claiming that “if the elections were held today,” Bayan Muna would have won the top spot, without clarifying to the readers that what she meant by “today” was actually “more than a month ago,” when the survey was conducted.

    I have been a loyal subscriber of this paper for 14 years. Now I am having serious doubts as to its integrity and credibility.

  • Von Sun Rodriguez

    ano ba ang nagawa ng BAYAN MUNA?

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