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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.

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.


Rather than arrest Satur, why not train your guns on Cuenca who continues to squat on farmers’ land? March 13, 2007

Posted by s511 in agrarian reform, Human Rights, left killings, party-list system and elections, The Left.

In behalf of Akbayan, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing persecution and impending arrest of Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo.  The more than twenty year old charge of multiple murder against Satur committed at the time he was under military detention reflects the same disdain by the authorities for justice and the rule of law that met the arrest of Rep. Crispin Beltran on trumped up charges over a year ago.


Posted by s511 in electoral reforms, Human Rights, party-list system and elections, Position Papers, Press Statements.
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One of the basic ills of our flawed electoral process we had inherited from the Marcos regime and which continues as a major problem to the present is the bloated and questionable voters’ list.


When the late Mr. Ferdinand Marcos called for presidential snap elections on 7 February 1986, he succeeded in disenfranchising an estimated one million two hundred thousand voters by collapsing precincts and transferring the list of voters from one precinct to another in opposition bailiwick areas.  This bad habit from the Marcos years continues to haunt us with oftentimes the sheer incompetence or inefficiency of some COMELEC personnel.  On the other hand, it has been known to all and sundry that certain unscrupulous elements considered experts in the field of elections have done more harm than good to the ordinary voting populace by using their skills in the manipulation of votes known to all as dagdag-bawas.  The charges against Mr. Garcillano in the Garci case filed before the joint committee hearings of Information, Suffrage, National Defense and Communications Technology has magnified this in perspective in the last 2004 elections, yet up to now nothing definitive has been done to guard against possible  election fraud in the coming 2007 polls.  The implementation of the Automated Electoral Systems Act cannot be enforced, according to Comelec for time constraints.


Speech: A Call to Revisit and Strengthen the Overseas Absentee Voting Law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections.
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November 7, 2006

Mr. Spekaer, I rise today to speak on a matter that relates to our continuing efforts at empowering Filipinos no matter where they may be located – here or abroad. The Overseas Absentee Voting Law was enacted in February 13, 2003 to enable otherwise disenfranchised Filipinos to have a say in the way that this government is run by upholding their right to suffrage.

Republic Act No. 9189 was enacted pursuant to the constitutional mandate provided under Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines that “The Congress shall, among others, provide a system for absentee voting by qualified Filipinos abroad.”


Akbayan rep calls for review of absentee voting law November 8, 2006

Posted by s511 in Legislation, OFWs, party-list system and elections, Press Releases.
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Akbayan Representative Etta Rosales today called on the legislature to draw attention to amending the overseas absentee voting law to enable more OFWs to vote in next year’s elections.

Ina privilege speech delivered Tuesday at the House of Representatives, Rosales said “With the past elections marred in so much controversy, it is the absentee votes that could put a definite swing towards greater transparency and accountability in our leadership with a process that has proven fraud-free so far.”