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AKBAYAN bares “administration fronts” in the party-list race March 26, 2007

Posted by s511 in Elections 2007, electoral reform, party-list system and elections.
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Is the government persecuting anti-GMA party-lists to ensure the
victory of its “front organizations?”

This was the question raised by Akbayan party-list today as it
revealed that several administration-backed groups, from Sigaw ng
Bayan members to those that have been initiated by government
officials, have been accredited by the Commission on Elections.
AKBAYAN Party-list appealed to the Commission on Elections to get its
act together and revisit its list of accredited party-list
organizations and parties that the poll body has allowed to run under
the list system in May’s elections.
“We welcome pluralism but the accreditation of dubious and
administration-backed groups to run under the party-list system makes
a mockery of the law and the reasons for which the system was created
in the first place,” said Akbayan Rep. Etta Rosales. “We challenge the
COMELEC to show proof that it conducted evidentiary hearings to
provide enough basis to allow these spurious groups to run in the
elections.”

“In its June 26, 2001 decision in Ang Bagong Bayani-OFW v. COMELEC,
et.al. (G.R. No. 147589, June 26, 2001), the Supreme Court ordered the
COMELEC to evaluate if the party-list participants in the 2001
elections met its 8-point guidelines,” recalled Rosales. “We want to
know if these guidelines were observed in the accreditation process.”

“This was the very same guidelines that led to the disqualification of
MAD, VFP, Lakas-NUCD, NPC and PROMDI in 2001,” added political analyst
and Akbayan Chairperson Joel Rocamora. “These guidelines tell us that
it’s not enough that two or three ambitious proxies get together and
run for Congress, there must be incontrovertible proof that they
represent a constituency of marginalized and oppressed sectors.”

“At the same time the COMELEC must look deeper into reports that some
of these party-list groups are backed by government officials and
offices, which is in violation of the same 2001 Supreme Court ruling,”
said Rocamora, “which said that the party or organization must not be
an adjunct of, or a project organized or an entity funded or assisted
by, the government.”

Atty. Byron Bocar, AKBAYAN legal counsel, said that the law is very
clear on the participation of government officials in partisan
activities. “Article IX-B, Section 2 of the Philippine Constitution
says that no officer or employee in the civil service may participate
in electioneering or any other partisan activity,” pointed out Atty
Bocar, “but we have received reports that some party-list groups are
being backed by government institutions such as the Office of External
Affairs which was also behind the doomed initiative of Sigaw ng
Bayan.”

“Ahon Pinoy OFW Party for example is headed by Director Nicon
Fameronag of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE)
Information and Publication Service (IPS). It is allegedly being
supported by Sec. Dante Ang, whose son is the number one nominee of
Ahon, while Aangat Tayo has Philippine International Trading
Corporation (PITC) Pharma Executive Vice President Teddie Elson Rivera
as its head. Another group called AGBIAG has Marcelo Farinas II,
Malacanang’s Secretary for External Affairs as the group’s Secretary-
General,” said Atty. Bocar. “What are these government officials doing
fronting these groups?”

“Meanwhile, some of these groups including Babae Ka and Ang Kasangga
are also led by people involved with Sigaw ng Bayan, whose people’s
initiative was admitted by its own leaders as an unqualified support
for the administration’s agenda,” pointed out Rosales. “So while on
the surface these groups purportedly represent the poor and
marginalized, they may actually be just using the party-list system as
a back-channel to get into Congress and firm up support for a
beleaguered administration,” added the lady solon.

“The COMELEC should avoid a repeat of the long drawn-out legal battles
in previous elections where genuine party-list groups were unable to
take their seats in Congress despite being declared as having attained
the minimum percentage required for a seat in the House,” said
Rosales. “Should these parties win and their victories are challenged
it would mean delayed proclamations for other party-list bets because
their votes will affect the percentages acquired by winning party-
lists,” she explained.

“But the principle behind the party-list is the graver sin that is
being violated here,” added Rocamora. “RA 7941 or the party-list act
aims to give a voice to those who are otherwise excluded from the
decision-making processes of our institutions, as provided in the
Constitution. But with the government interfering, the party-list
system is being undermined and weakened when it should be strengthened
to allow more marginalized voices to get heard in Congress.”

Questionable Newly Accredited Party-list Organizations

Sigaw ng Bayan Groups

Babae Ka! – Sigaw ng Bayan Member (Pro Peoples Initiative group).
The group has links with Malacanang’s Office of External Affairs
(OEA). In the recent SWS survey, it has a threshold rating of 1.5 %

Ang Kasangga- Has links with the Office of External Affairs (OEA)
of Malacanang, the government office behind Sigaw ng Bayan. It is also
associated with the Beta Sigma Fraternity. Its president is FORMER
Assemblyman Jose Tumbokon. He started his career as messenger, rose
through the ranks and served as chief of office before he became
assemblyman and presidential adviser. He was appointed minister of
state of information and official spokesperson of the Interim Batasan
Pambansa and the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan during the Marcos regime.

Akbay Pinoy- Its Chairman is Bong Guro. This group is also a
member of Sigaw ng Bayan. It was legally charged by Makati residents
together with Sigaw ng Bayan for manufacturing signatures for the GMA
administration’s People’s Initiative.

AKSA- Aksyon Sambayanan (AkSa) is a phony social democratic
movement affiliated with the government ally Partido Demokratiko
Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP). Norberto Gonzales and its Secretary
General Beth Angsioco head it.

Initiated by government officials or traditional politicians

KAKUSA – Its Chairman Emeritus is convicted child rapist and
former Zamboanga del Norte Representative Romeo Jalosjos. It is
represented by its national president, R. Dodong Canonigo. The Lamb of
God Foundation, an outreach program for elderly inmates established by
Jalosjos, is supporting it.

AHON PINOY OFW Party – backed up by Dante Ang, Chairman of the
Commission on Filipinos Overseas and CEO of the Manila Times. The
Number One nominess of Ahon is “Klink” Ang, son of Danter Ang. It has
a 1.2% threshold rating in the recent SWS survey. Its president is
Director Nicon Fameronag of the Department of Labor and Employment’s
(DOLE) Information and Publication Service (IPS) (2003). He is also a
member of ONE VOICE.

Biyaheng Pinoy- An association of tricyle drivers, Arsenio Abalos
sits as director and national council member of the party. Who is
Arsenio Abalos? The elder brother of COMELEC chairman Benjamin Abalos.
Also, The group was founded and is chaired by Mandaluyong Vice-Mayor
Jesus Cruz, who claimed to be a tricycle operator before.

ANAD- was formed in February 2003 by the National Alliance for
Democracy (NAD), the movement that supplanted the dreaded Alsa Masa, a
vigilante group organized by the government in Davao. NAD serves as
the umbrella organization for all anti-communist forces in the
country. In 2004, NAD registered ANAD as its party-list group.

AANGAT TAYO- Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)
Pharma Executives Vice President Teddie Elson Rivera is the group’s
president. PITC is a government-owned international trading company
with over thirty years experience in the export, import and marketing
of a wide range of commodities, industrial products and consumer
goods.

In August of 2004, PITC was designated as a key agency in the
implementation of the GMA’s 10-point legacy, which includes the
lowering of the prices of essential medicines by 50%, by 2010. PITC is
also in charged of importing medicines for GMA’s Botika ng Bayan.

Aangat ang Kabuhayan (ANAK) -Its number one nominee is Supt.
Eduardo Octaviano of the Philippine National Police (PNP) National
Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

AGBIAG!- Marcelo Farinas II, Malacanang’s Secretary for External
Affairs is the group’s Secretary-General. Agbiag enjoys the backing of
Chavit Singson.

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Comments»

1. Kabataang Makabayan - April 9, 2007

Sinungaling si Etta Rosales!
She”s a former member of the Communist Party of the Philippines but was expelled for revisionism and reformism and treachery!

2. Kabataang Makabayan - April 9, 2007

Si Etta Rosales at ang Akbayan ang tunay na PAKAwala ng administrasyon!

3. Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan - April 10, 2007

Is it true that Akbayan leaders like Etta Rosales, Joe Rocamora and Ric Reyes are former member of the Communist Party of the Philippines, and were expeled for crimes against the people?

4. former member - April 19, 2007

@post 3, pwede ba kung di ka marunong mag english wag mo ng pilitin? mali ang grammar mo

@post 1 weh anu ngayun kung dating member sya? kayo kasi hindi nyo masyadong hinehelmetan ang mga miyembro nyo kaya nauumpog ang ulo at nalilinawan ang isip. ikaw rin, magsuot ka ng helmet, baka ka maumpog at sumama sa party list ni etta.. hihihi

5. manunga - April 20, 2007

I don’t think Rosales ever lied about her previous affiliation with the CPP. Nasa history books na yun, di ba? I don’t see any reason for her to lie about it… That would be highly illogical.

Si Joel Rocamora naman, he even wrote a book on the split within the CPP and the events that led to their so-called “expulsion”… Misleading naman ata yung mga comments na nasa taas… Smells like black prop to me… Specially since the comments are coming from groups that are known to be allied with the NDs na matagal na namang may away sa grupo nina Ms. Rosales….

Ako personally, wala naman akong problema sa mga ND pero naiirita lang ako minsan sa style nila. Masyadong “rabid” at madalas may pagka-scheming. Reminds me of… the trapos?

Hindi ko rin maintindihan kung bakit pag may nagli-link sa kanila sa CPP, eh galit na galit sila. Eh totoo naman yun di ba? As in tinuro sa amin yun sa contemporary history nung high school! At wala namang masama doon, kung tutuusin. Ang alam ko rin ay pag ND ka, kasama sa ideolohiya mo ang paniniwala sa necessity ng “armed struggle.” So why deny it? Ay ewan… Sana panindigan na lang nila yung pagiging ND nila…

6. anonymous - May 3, 2007

(“Ahon Pinoy OFW Party for example is headed by Director Nicon
Fameronag of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE)
Information and Publication Service (IPS). It is allegedly being
supported by Sec. Dante Ang, whose son is the number one nominee of
Ahon, while Aangat Tayo has Philippine International Trading
Corporation (PITC) Pharma Executive Vice President Teddie Elson Rivera
as its head. Another group called AGBIAG has Marcelo Farinas II,
Malacanang’s Secretary for External Affairs as the group’s Secretary-
General,” said Atty. Bocar. “What are these government officials doing
fronting these groups?”)

This party list is supported by mr. ang. Why the hell are they running maybe to get away from payment of witholding taxes, sss and etc. Yes they have a company that have been running for a long time and they can’t pay their employees taxes and yet they are still deducting all of it from their employees.. how can they be in the government if they themselves can’t handle their own company… we have to think about this….please don’t support ahon pinoy partylist..

7. paralegal - September 27, 2007

i just want to ask why partlist became corporated after 2004 election??? pksagot nman po…. tnx… pkasend na lng sa email ko ericsonjohn_villanueva@yahoo.com


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