Top 25 partylist groups still dominated by rich and powerful

Posted: May 23, 2013 in philippine elections

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Below are the top 25 partylist groups according to the latest tally of the Comelec. As many as 45 partylist groups may be proclaimed winners and be given seats to fill up the 58 seats allotted for the PL system. From this list, it is quite apparent that most  of the winners come from non-marginalized groups and are in fact already part of the country’s economic and political elite. Some of these partylist groups accredited by the Comelec have nominees who belong to political dynasties that delivered votes from their home provinces. (See related post Dynasties, political clans deliver votes for partylist groups ). A recent Supreme Court ruling allowing even non-marginalized groups, major political parties and non-marginalized nominees is expected to  open the floodgates for more of the rich and powerful seeking congressional seats outside the regular district elections.

The group Senior Citizens, while landing in the top 10 based on the tally, has NOT been proclaimed. It is still a disqualified partylist group that has brought its case to the Supreme Court. The High Court has not issued any decision on the matter.

This post will be updated as soon as the Comelec releases the final list of winning partylist groups.

Data from http://www.rappler.com and http://www.kontradaya.org

NAME

 

TOTAL VOTES

% TPLV

REMARKS

BUHAY

Buhay Hayaan Yumabong

1,255,734

4.44%

Known to be the parytlist group of Bro. Mike Velarde of the El Shaddai, the current nominees include Velarde’s son Mariano, former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, and businessman Irwin Tieng of the Tieng faminly that controls Solar Sports.  The representatives of the top partylist group are known multi-millionaires.

A TEACHER

Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action, Cooperation, and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms

1,033,873

3.65%

The group seems to be more representative of school adminstrators and owners. Top nominee, incumbent Rep. Piamonte, is the former executive director of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and board member of the University of Regina Carmeli in Malolos, Bulacan; 5th nominee, lawyer Joseph Noel Estrada, is the vice president for administration of the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) & executive director of the Coordinating Council of PrivateEducational Associations (Cocopea) 

BAYAN MUNA

Bayan Muna

945,639

3.34%

Group will be represented in Congress by two long-time pro bono human rights lawyers, Neri Colmenares and Caloy Zarate. 

1-CARE

1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy

931,303

3.29%

Previously disqualified by Comelec but was accredited after SC ruling changing the qualifications of partylist groups. Group supposedly seeks to represent electricity consumers, which is a broad category and could include both marginalized and well-off consumers. 

AKBAYAN

Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party

820,351

2.90%

During the campaign, Akbayan billed itself as a “coalition partner” of the Aquino regime. The partylist group has gained considerable in-roads in the current government and is believed to be supported by Aquino. Its second nominee was a former undersecretary of the Aquino government. Akbayan has been criticized as being no longer marginalized because of the influence and resources it has gained as part of the ruling coalition. Despite their huge advantage as a coalition partner of Aquino, Akbayan’s votes went down this year compared to the 1.05 million they got in 2010. 

AKB

Ako Bicol Political Party

761,115

2.69%

AKB’s representatives in Congress are known multi-millionaires. The group was previously disqualified by Comelec but was accredited after the SC ruling allowing non-marginalized groups and nominees to participate in the partylist race. 

ABONO

Abono Party-list

753,161

2.66%

Their representatives come from the Estrella & Ortega political clans in Pangasinan & La Union & are both multi-millionaires. Most of their votes came from Region 1, particularly La Union and Pangasinan where their Estrella and Ortega clans are influential in local politics, having also family members elected via the regular congressional districts. Abono got 33.81% of the total partylist votes in Region I. It got 70.63% of the PL votes in La Union and 36.76% of the PL votes in Pangasinan. 

OFW FAMILY

OFW Family Club, Inc.

735,854

2.60%

The nominees of this group are mostly from the Seneres family led by former ambassador Roy Seneres. His son Roy, Jr. is the third nominee while daughter Hannah is the fourth nominee. 

GABRIELA

Gabriela Women’s Party

706,194

2.50%

The group will be represented by two women’s rights activists belonging to the progressive women’s movement, Luz Ilagan and Emi de Jesus. 

SENIOR CITIZEN

Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines

671,916

2.37%

This group has been disqualified with finality by the Comelec. The group however appears to have sought relief from the Supreme Court. In the absence of any TRO from the SC, the group’s votes will not be counted and will be excluded from the total partylist votes. 

COOP-NATCCO

Cooperative NATCCO Network Party

640,180

2.26%

Its current representative has a declared net worth of P6.5 million. Its biggest votes came from Region 7. 

AGAP

Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines

588,095

2.08%

Top nominee, incumbent Rep. Briones, is chair of big security firm Audacious Services & is a multimillionaire with a net worth of ₱46.62 M. Most of its votes came from Region 4A. 

CIBAC

Citizens’ Battle Against Coruption

578,320

2.04%

The group has two sets of nominees. One led by former representative Luis Lokin and another led by incumbent representative Sherwin Tunga. 

MAGDALO

Magdalo Para sa Pilipino

561,613

1.98%

A partylist group organized by former rebel soldiers of the same name. 

AN WARAY

An Waray

540,210

1.91%

Top nominee, incumbent Rep. Montejo, is a multi-millionaire with a net worth of ₱19.69 M while his family owns the MontejoNewspaper & Hotel Alejandro, a prominent & luxurious hotel in Tacloban City. Most of its votes came from Region VIII where it got 38.11% of the total PL votes. In Tacloban City, where former An Waray rep Bem Noel is running for mayor, the group got 61.23% of the total PL votes. 

ABAMIN

Abante Mindanao, Inc.

465,192

1.64%

Top nominee, incumbent Rep. Rodriguez Jr., is the brother of Cagayan de Oro Rep. RufusRodriguez & is a multi-millionaire with a net worth of ₱9.12 M. Most of its votes came from Region X, being able to get 28.3% of the total PL votes.

ACT TEACHERS

ACT Teachers Party-list

449,710

1.59%

The group will be represented by Antonio Tonio who taught at the University of the Philippines.

BUTIL

Butil Farmers Party

437,084

1.54%

Earlier disqualified by the Comelec  because the group failed to prove that its nominees belong to the agriculture & cooperative sector. The group was later accredited after the SC ruling revising the partylist qualifications.

ACT-CIS

Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, Inc.

371,309

1.31%

The group is associated with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) whose head used to be Chief Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. The group is believed to have been a government initiated project later used for the partylist race.

AMIN

Anak Mindanao Party-list

370,351

1.31%

First nominee is the wife of ARMM Governor-elect Mujiv Hataman, who was also formerly the representative of Anak Mindanao. Governor Hataman has demonstrated that he can compete and win in regular elections for the gubernatorial position.  AMIN got 32.9% of the total PL votes in ARMM.

LPGMA

LPG Marketers Association

369,989

1.31%

The group does not represent any marginalized sector; top nominee, Rep. Ty, is a multi-millionaire with a declared ₱15.18 M net worth & an incorporator of Omni Gas Corp., Republic Gas Corp., Pinnacle Gas, Multi Gas Corp., Extraordinaire Gas Corp. & Suncrest Gas Corp.

KALINGA

Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation-Building through Easing Poverty, Inc.

367,839

1.30%

The group is associated with the religious group Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) with top nominee, incoming Rep. Ferriol being the daughter of PMCC Bishop Arturo Ferriol.

TUCP

Trade Union Congress Party

365,299

1.29%

Top nominee, incumbent Rep. Raymond Mendoza, is a lawyer and husband of North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño Mendoza. Raymond’s father Democrito is TUCP President & Chairman of OPASCOR, a cargo handling company at the Cebu International Airport. While a sectoral party, its biggest votes came from Region 7 and 11.

YACAP

You Against Corruption and Poverty

364,278

1.29%

Top nominee, Rep. Lopez, is a multi-millionaire businesswoman with a declared net worth of ₱29.44 M in 2011. Formerly a “youth” sectoral party, its biggest votes came from only one area, Region XII where it got 23% of the PL votes.

AGRI

Agri-Agra na Reporma para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement

363,204

1.28%

Group was earlier disqualified by the Comelec because the group allegedly stopped existing after the 2010 elections, when it ran but lost, and was only revived in February 2012. Group has since been accredited after the SC ruling on partylist qualifications.

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