Comelec allows 79 party-list groups to run in the 2013 race

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A total of 79 party-list groups will vie for limited reserved seats in the House of Representatives in the May 2013 midterm elections.

The Commission on Elections en banc approved Thursday, November 29, the participation of 79 party-list organizations in the elections to the House of Representatives. They will be contesting a limited party-list seats out of a total of 287 House seats in the next Congress.

Included in the approved party-list groups are Gabriela, Anakpawis, Buhay, An Waray, and Ang Ladlad, a gay rights group. According to Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr via report of Rappler, “We cannot have any perfect listing. We attempted the best that we can. We have reduced the party list to 79.” “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,” he said. (I am not satisfied. If you’re going to ask me, I want to abolish all of them so we wouldn’t have party-list elections. So we can change, and start a new and better law.)

Comelec Officials
Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes with poll commissioners Grace Padaca, Lucenito Tagle, Rene Sarmiento, Armando Velasco and Elias Yusoph. FILE PHOTO/EDD GUMBAN – Courtesy of Philstar

The approved party-list groups comprise less than a third, or 27%, of the original 289 applicants for 2013. Of the 289 applicants, 124 had an existing Comelec accreditation while 165 were new applicants.

In a unanimous vote, the Comelec retained the accreditation of the following groups for 2013:

  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

With dissenting commissioners, the Comelec retained the accreditation of the following party-list groups:

  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

Unanimously, the Comelec accredited the following 21 new applicants:

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

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