Ang Galing Pinoy – First nominee is Pampanga congressman and presidential son Mikey Arroyo. Second nominee is Lubao Mayor Dennis Pineda and third nominee is Bacolor Mayor Romeo “Buddy” Dungca. It is strange that a partylist group claiming to represent the marginalized security guards have nominees all coming from Pampanga and are all Arroyo allies.
PACYAW - The partylist group Pilipino Association for Country / Urban Poor Youth Advancement and Welfare (PACYAW) has as its first nominee Department of Tourism Asst. Secretary Janet Rita B. Lazatin. She is a member of the Lakas-CMD party and hails from the first district of Pampanga. Its second nominee is former Los Angeles Consul and businessman Reynaldo Pineda, who is also based in Pampanga. PACYAW is advocating sports development.
Alliance of People’s Organizations (APO) –first nominee is Arroyo ally and former Ilocos representative Salacnib Baterina. It’s Facebook fan page reads “APO of Salacnib Baterina”. It’s advocacy is the “scrapping of the oil deregulation law”.
Sulong Barangay Movement - First nominee former vice-presidential candidate and Tarlac Vice Governor Herminio Aquino.
BUHAY Partylist – Fifth nominee is evangelist and real estate developer Bro. Mike Velarde
Military officials as partylist nominees
Abante Tribung Makabansa (ATM) – First nominee is former Army Col. Allen A. Capuyan. Capuyan was among those implicated by former T/Sgt. Vidal Doble in the “Hello Garci” controversy. According to Doble, Capuyan was among those who implemented “Project Lighthouse” or the wiretapping of personalities during his stint as head of the Intelligence Service of the AFP’s ‘special operations group’.
ANAKalusugan – First nominee is Col. Roland E. Kempis, a doctor and Commanding Officer of the AFP Medical Center. Kempis held the position under Gilbert Teodoro and Norberto Gonzales, according to the Department of National Defense website.
Confederation of Non-Stock Savings and Loan Associations, Inc. or CONSLA – nominees include former Air Force Col. Ricardo Nolasco, Jr. and former Navy Rear Admiral George T. Uy. The group represents savings and loan associations and their members. More study is needed on this type of partylist group.
BAGO partylist – Third nominee B/Gen. Manuel E. Mariano, Jr. who was the Asst. Division Commander of the 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in 2008
Of the initial names submitted to the Comelec, AGP has the most questionable nominees. The nominees of the group also put to serious question the eligibility of the partylist group itself. Also questionable are the nominees of the PACYAW partylist who seem to be Arroyo allies and officials, even if their sports advocacy appears to be legitimate.
More study is needed regarding the partylist groups and their nominees named above. This is only an initial research on who the nominees are and their affiliations.
To guide us in our study, we must go back to the law on the partylist system and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of that law.
Republic Act No. 7941, also known as the Party-List System Act, provides among other things that:
The State shall promote proportional representation in the election of representatives to the House of Representatives through a party-list system of registered national, regional and sectoral parties or organizations or coalitions thereof, which will enable Filipino citizens belonging to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties, and who lack well-defined political constituencies but who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole, to become members of the House of Representatives. Towards this end, the State shall develop and guarantee a full, free and open party system in order to attain the broadest possible representation of party, sectoral or group interests in the House of Representatives by enhancing their chances to compete for and win seats in the legislature, and shall provide the simplest scheme possible. (Sec. 2)
The Supreme Court, in its decision on the 2001 case Ang Bagong Bayani-OFW Labor Party v. Commission on Elections, et al, argued that:
x x x (The) party or organization must not be an adjunct of, or a project organized or an entity funded or assisted by, the government. By the very nature of the party-list system, the party or organization must be a group of citizens, organized by citizens and operated by citizens. It must be independent of the government. The participation of the government or its officials in the affairs of a party-list candidate is not only illegal and unfair to other parties, but also deleterious to the objective of the law: to enable citizens belonging to marginalized and underrepresented sectors and organizations to be elected to the House of Representatives.
FROM THE RESEARCH OF KONTRA DAYA:
“The fifth nominee of Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (Buhay) Party-List is Mariano “Mike” Velarde, who is not only the leader of the Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai but is also a millionaire who owns Amvel Land Development Corporation. Its first nominee is his son Mariano Michael. Buhay’s other nominees include William Irwin Tieng, whose family controls Solar Sports, and Ma. Carissa Coscolluella, whose family is in the construction business.
Bandila (Bagong Bayan na Nagtataguyod ng Demokratikong Ideolohiya at Layunin) Party-List has as its third nominee former actor Juan Miguel “Onemig” Bondoc, who hails from a family of wealthy businessmen and himself owns several businesses including the Benedictine International School of Quezon City.
The first nominee of the Alliance of Mindanao Elders (AME) is Alfonso Goking, a councilor of Cagayan de Oro City who is a member of the Lakas-Kampi coalition.
The Philippine Coconut Producers Federation (Cocofed) is comprised of both landlords and farmers, as well as businessmen, and counts among its nominees Jose Lobregat, a scion of the wealthy Lobregat clan of Zamboanga, who also owns a cable TV company.”