After more than a month, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has formally proclaimed 33 of the 57 new party-list representatives. In separate certificates of proclamation, the Comelec en banc — sitting as the National Board of Canvassers — proclaimed 33 new party-list representatives from the 28 winning organizations.
However, the poll body has not yet proclaimed the representative of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP), the party-list group which named presidential son and outgoing Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo as its first nominee.
AGP was earlier awarded one congressional seat with 269,009 votes. Comelec chairman Jose Melo had said that Arroyo would not be allowed to sit until all the pending disqualification cases against him have been resolved. He likewise said that AGP has the choice to replace Arroyo with its other nominees if they want to.
AGP’s second and third nominees are Dennis G. Pineda, son Pampanga Governor-elect and known Arroyo ally Lilia Pineda, and Bacolor Mayor Romeo “Buddy” Dungca.
On the other hand, its fourth and fifth nominees are Jerold Domonick S. David and Ryan M. Caladiao, both of whom are from Pampanga, Arroyo’s home province.
Among those who have been proclaimed by the Comelec as new party-list representatives are:
Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines — 1,292,182 votes (2 seats) – Godofredo V. Arquiza – David L. Kho
Akbayan Citizen’s Action Party — 1,058,691 votes (2 seats) – Walden F. Bello – Arlene J. Bag-ao
Gabriela Women’s Party — 1,001,421 votes (2 seats) – Luzviminda C. Ilagan – Emerenciana A. De Jesus
Cooperative Natcco Network Party — 943,529 votes (2 seats) – Jose R. Ping-Ay – Cresente C. Paez
ABONO — 766,615 votes (2 seats) – Robert Raymund M. Estrella – Francisco Emmanuel R. Ortega III
Bayan Muna — 746,019 votes (2 seats) – Teodoro A. Casino – Neri J. Colmenares
An Waray — 711,631 votes (2 seats) – Florencio G. Noel – Neil Benedict A. Montejo
Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (AGAP) — 515,501 votes (1 seat) – Nicanor M. Briones
Anakpawis — 445,628 votes (1 seat) – Rafael V. Mariano
Kabataan Party-list — 417,923 votes (1 seat) – Raymond V. Palatino
Abante Mindanao, Inc. (ABAMIN) — 376,011 votes (1 seat) – Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr.
Act Teachers — 369,564 votes (1 seat) – Antonio L. Tinio
You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) — 335,635 votes (1 seat) – Carol Jayne B. Lopez
Bagong Henerasyon (BH) — 292,875 votes (1 seat) – Bernadette R. Herrera-Dy
Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG) — 262,298 votes (1 seat) – Patricio T. Antonio
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) — 238,675 votes (1 seat) – Mark Aeron H. Sambar
Arts Business and Science Professionals — 257,301 votes (1 seat) – Catalina G. Leonen-Pizarro
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) — 244,623 votes (1 seat) – Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza
Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Mamayan, Inc. (AGHAM) — 241,898 votes (1 seat) –
Angelo B. Palmones
Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) — 238,675 votes (1 seat) – Emmeline Y. Aglipay
Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala — 234,717 votes (1 seat) – Ranulfo P. Canonigo
Kalinga Advocacy for Social Empowermennt and Nation Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (Kalinga) — 229,198
votes (1 seat) – Abigail faye C. Ferriol
Alagad Party-list — 227,116 votes (1 seat) – Rodante D.Marcoleta
1 Ang Pamilya — 217,032 votes (1 seat) – Reena Concepcion G. Obillo
Alliance of Volunteer Educators — 214,760 (1 seat) – Eulogio R. Magsaysay
The Comelec did not also proclaim the party-list nominee for the group Alliance for Barangay Concerns Party (ABC), which was earlier allotted one seat for garnering 469,093 votes.
The proclamation of eight winning party-list groups was also stalled due to pending petitions for cancellation of registration. These are:
Ako Bicol Political Party (Ako Bicol) Buhay Hayaan Yumabong Party-list (Buhay) 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy (1-CARE) Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) LPG Marketers Association, Inc. (LPGMA) Ang Asosasyon
Sang Manguguma Nga Bisaya-Ow Mangunguma, Inc. (MBIS-OWA) Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD)
On the other hand, Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said they cannot yet proclaim the other winning party-list groups because they are still waiting for the results of the special polls in some areas where elections were earlier postponed.
The Party-list System Act (Republic Act 7941) says that those who received at least two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system shall be entitled to one congressional seat each while those who received more than two percent of the votes shall be entitled to additional seats in proportion to their total number of votes. However, each party-list organization shall not be awarded more than three seats in Congress.
The 1987 Philippine Constitution provides that 20 percent of the seats in Congress or 57 seats be allotted for the sectoral representatives. Sarmiento said by the time President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III delivers his State of the Nation Address, the party-list representatives would have all been completed. — KBK/RSJ, GMANews.TV