More party-lists may still take House seats
MANILA, Philippines — A few more party-list groups might still be able to join the House of Representatives as the Commission on Elections wraps up its canvassing of votes in the party-list elections.
“Whether or not we can proclaim more party-list groups depends on the results of the canvassing. We’ll see. But there are still votes that are being canvassed,” Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. said Friday.
He said it was possible that Anak Mindanao and An Waray, which ranked 16th and 17th, in the latest Comelec official tally, bagged about 2.01 percent of the votes cast and might still be proclaimed winners after the completion of the canvassing.
So far, the Comelec has already proclaimed 14 party-list groups that obtained more than two percent of the votes cast for party list. These were Buhay, Bayan Muna, Cibac, Gabriela, Apec, A-Teacher, Akbayan, Alagad, Butil, Anak Pawis, Coop-Natco, ARC, Agap and Abono.
Among the winners, the first-placer Buhay will occupy three seats in the House. Four — Bayan Muna, Cibac, Gabriela and Apec — were given two seats each while the rest of the winners got one seat each.