O, ano kayo- ideas run high for people who wish to be members of Congress by winning the effortless way. They are eyeing the May 2013 polls and identifying party- list groups to be their vehicle to fame (and fortune?). Some are even putting their own own groups and applying for accreditation with the Comelec. And to think that as of date, we now have more than a hundred party- list groups already accredited with Comelec.
Which is prompting Commission on Elections Chair Sixto Brillantes to lead his office to review present and newly- created groups as to their fitness to join and field their nominees in the coming elections.
Medyo madali nga raw to be made a congressman/woman through the party- list system. The voter kasi votes for a party. This party naman has its list of 3 nominees. If that party garners more than 2% of the national vote, then the first person nominated by that winning party is assured of a Congress seat. Additional seats from that party can be won if the party meets the requirements set for party- list voting system:
‘…Additional seats can be won by multiplying the percentage of the votes the party got, with the difference of number of seats the party already has (1), and the number of seats allocated for sectoral organizations (57), disregarding decimals, with no party getting more than two additional seats. However, usually only the party with the most number of votes gets the two additional seats, the other parties will get only one additional seat. If the number of seated representatives is less than the 20% quota of party-list representatives in Congress (57 for the 15th Congress), the unfilled seats will be filled up by the remaining parties in descending order of votes garnered until are seats are filled up. Note that with more than a hundred parties participating, and with the 3-seat cap, the seats that the parties with 2% of the vote or more will always be less than the 20% allocation.’
Info from Wikipedia
We expect a closer scrutiny of the party- list groups by Comelec even as this constitutional office is now beset with numerous concerns related to the 2013 polls.
In the news is an observation by the Comelec Chairman about the choice of nominees by a number of newly- organized groups intending to contend for next year’s elections. He noted that members of specific families seem to be the priorities of these groups. Among these are Agrarian Development Association (ADA) which has nominated former deputy Congress Speaker Eric Singson and his son, the incumbent congressman of his district Eric Jr.as first and second nominees; Bagong Henerasyon which lists its nominees as Bernadette Cruz- Herrera Dy (founder and 1st nominee) and Edgar Allan Dee ( the founder’s husband and the list’s 2nd nominee); and Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines (ALONA) whose nominees are composed of Danilo Suarez, Jr., sister Joanna, and Alexis Abastillas- Suarez, son, daughter, and daughter-in-law respectively of incumbent House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Sr.
Election watchdog Kontra Daya came with with a much stronger reaction as it filed a petition before Comelec to disallow these groups from official accreditation because they do not truly represent the marginalized and underrepresented.
Expected to come under close scrutiny and review are some 150 existing party- list groups and a number of newly- founded groups seeking acreditation with the Comelec. Some of the existing ones may also be delisted for failure to participate in the last 2 recent polls and for some, failure to garner 2% of cast votes.
In the last 2010 elections, a number of party- list groups were alleged as fronts by the then ruling Arroyo administration. Included were Ang Galing Pinoy, representing the group of security guards and whose first nominee was Mikey Arroyo, the ex President’s firstborn; the transport group 1- UTAK with former Energy Sec. And now deceased Angelo Reyes; Pilipino Association for Country- Urban Youth Advancement and Welfare or PACYAW, a group advocating sports development daw; and Kabalikat ng Mamamayan (Kabayan).
How the people wish that the Anti- Epal Bill filed by Sen. Miriam Santiago is now a law. Paano ba naman, dating gawi ng Pinoy is back- the streets festooned with posters, banners and buntings that prominently display the names and most times, photos of people who we suspect will be running for positions in the May 2013 elections.
Sen. Santiago’s proposal aims to prohibit and sanction individuals attaching their names/ photos in announcement of projects being financed by government that they, by virtue of their role in government are tasked to lead, oversee, and see to the finish. Epal nga ang mga gumagawa nito- mga mapapel sa buhay, ang gusto ay marecall ng tao that he ‘built’ a street, a marketplace, etcetera as if he really fished out expenditures for these from his own pocket.
My thanks to San Miguel Corporation for its assistance to Family Day at the Yakap Day Care Center in Planas II in Bgy Kaunlaran, Cubao, Quezon City. Being a part of my various advocacies, I helped plan a fun day for young pupils of the Center and their families together with the very patient Teacher Lulu and some members of my tiny barangay.
THANK YOU, TORONTO!