Buhay party-list urged to settle ‘nominees’ row

By Jerome Aning
Last updated 07:13am (Mla time) 06/08/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections on Thursday urged Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay), which is currently at the top of the official count of party-list votes, to resolve internal differences itself and not wait for the poll body to decide which of the group’s two different sets of nominees is entitled to sit in the House of Representatives.


“It should be an internal matter. It’s the party-list organization that solves that,” Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters in a briefing.


Although Comelec has been asked by each of the feuding Buhay factions to deny due course to the other side’s certificates of nomination, Jimenez said Comelec was reluctant to step into the feud.


Buhay, identified with the influential Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai founded by evangelist Bro. Mike Velarde, is poised to win three seats in the House in accordance with the Constitution, once it is formalized that it topped the votes.


The group, however, had presented two slates of nominees to Comelec. One is led by Hans Christian Señeres, the party’s acting president and secretary-general. The other was submitted by his predecessor Melquiades Robles, its slate led by Velarde’s son, Rene.


The Señeres list also included Hermenigildo Dumlao, Antonio Bautista, Victor Pablo Trinidad and Eduardo Solangon Jr.


Aside from Rene Velarde, Robles’ nominees are Ma. Carissa Coscolluela, William Irwin Tieng, Melchor Monsod and Teresita Villarama.


Señeres said Robles could no longer participate in the group’s affairs because the latter was appointed administrator of the Light Rail Transit Corp. He added that since government officials might not join political parties, Robles’ term as president had also expired.


Robles contended that he could not be forced out of Buhay because he still had the right to join an association even if he were a government official.


Señeres, however, argued that as secretary-general and acting president, he had the sole authority to submit the nominations.


Jimenez said Buhay members should resolve the feud quickly so that Buhay nominees could take their seats in Congress by June 30 and participate in the election of the House speaker.


“It’s all up to them, really. If they won’t settle this among themselves, then their congressional seats will remain unoccupied until the dispute is settled,” the spokesperson added.


new polls in Maguindanao set

By Edson C. Tandoc Jr., Jerome Aning, Jocelyn Uy
Last updated 07:45am (Mla time) 06/07/2007

MANILA, Philippines — On the second anniversary of the “Hello Garci” scandal and 23 days after the midterm elections of 2007, the wait was finally over for six Genuine Opposition (GO), two Team Unity (TU) and two independent senatorial candidates, but not for three candidates whose fate may be determined by the special elections in Maguindanao scheduled for June 20.


In simple but “very Pinoy” (an analyst described to ANC) rites at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, the Commission on Elections Wednesday night proclaimed the 10 winners — Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Panfilo Lacson, Manny Villar, Francis Pangilinan, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayetano, Joker Arroyo and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.


Ninth-placer Arroyo did not attend the ceremony.


The Comelec left hanging the fate of GO’s Antonio Trillanes IV and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and TU’s Miguel Zubiri — who were still locked in a fight for the last three slots of the Magic 12.


Hours earlier, the Comelec announced that special elections would be held in Maguindanao after it declared that the fraud-tainted polls in the province on May 14 had failed.


Maguindanao has 337,108 registered voters.


Irony of the day


Shortly after his proclamation, Senator-elect Cayetano noted the irony of the day.


“It is ironic that today is the second anniversary of the Garci tapes … I don’t know why we were proclaimed today,” he said in a televised interview.


Cayetano was referring to the alleged wiretapped phone conversations between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano dealing with rigging the 2004 presidential election to ensure Ms Arroyo’s victory — an allegation denied by both the President and by Garcillano.


As of the latest tally, Pimentel was still in 12th place, leading Zubiri by 127,147 votes.


Still untabulated votes from the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao — which have a combined total of 1.2 million registered voters — will be crucial in determining who will claim the 12th spot.


The 11th placer could be known by Friday, when the election body sitting as National Board of Canvassers shall have finished tabulating the vote tallies from Surigao del Norte, Basilan and Lanao del Sur.


As the proclamation ceremony opened with an invocation and the singing of the national anthem, the Comelec commissioners stood on a dais in black robes. The senators-elect stood in a semicircle in front of them.


Abalos read out the names of the winners, starting with Legarda, who received a spatter of applause.


“Now, therefore, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution … the Commission on Elections, sitting en banc as the National Board of Canvassers, hereby proclaims the above named Senate candidates as the duly elected senators of the Republic of the Philippines … to serve for a term of six years beginning on June 30, 2007,” Abalos said.


Cory Aquino


The audience included former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, who was dressed in yellow.


She was happy that her son won, but the former President said a lot of things still needed to be fixed in the electoral system.


She described the canvassing as “slow motion” and told reporters her friends from abroad had been calling her asking what was taking the proclamation of winners so long.


She thanked the people who kept vigil and sacrificed so that elections would be fair.


“I pray that there will come a time we will know within the day the results of the elections so there would be no fears of fraud,” Aquino said.


Need for electoral reforms


Cayetano also spoke about the need for electoral reforms.


“Praise God and thank you to everyone for supporting and allowing me to overcome all the challenges. They will be my inspiration to correct what is wrong in our system,” he told reporters.


Two Cayetanos ran in the Senate: he and Joselito Cayetano of the Kilusan ng Bagong Lipunan party, who used the nickname Peter.


Alan had sought Joselito’s disqualification and it is still pending in the Supreme Court.


“That is the purpose why I faced a lot of challenges, so I can give emphasis on the loopholes in our electoral law and how to strengthen our weak institutions,” Cayetano said.


He said he won because he stood by his principles. “This elections were about people seeing character and principles,” he said, adding that his clash with President Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, also boosted his campaign.


“People got to know me because of that. Though many local officials did not support me because Malacañang had talked to them, I got the sympathy of our people,” Cayetano said.




Other dignitaries included Senators Franklin Drilon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Cayetano’s sister Pia, GO campaign manager Sen. Sergio Osmeña III and movie producer Lily Monteverde.


Also present were TV talk show host Kris Aquino, sister of the newly elected senator and Sandra Cam, “jueteng” whistle-blower.


The lobby from the Gate 3 entrance of the PICC going to the proclamation hall teemed with Comelec employees, who took turns having pictures with the newly elected senators and other famous politicians.


Cayetano and Escudero got the most attention, until Kris Aquino and her husband James Yap entered.


A female employee was overheard saying: “I wanted to have pictures with Chiz, but he was with his wife!”


Policemen were seen posing for pictures with Lacson, a former national police chief. Employees were waiting for singer-actress Sharon Cuneta, but only her husband Pangilinan showed up.


Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay also arrived with his daughter Abigail, a newly elected representative of the city.




In ordering special elections, the Comelec said canvassers in Maguindanao could not produce the documents crucial to the retabulation of tallies in the province.


The recanvassing of tallies, believed to be based on ballots that teachers filled up under duress with the names of administration candidates, was ordered by the Comelec on May 30 when it ruled that it was “statistically improbable” for 19 senatorial candidates to get zero votes in the 22 towns of Maguindanao.


Should the candidate on the 12th slot fail to widen his lead even if votes from Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Surigao del Norte had been counted by Friday, the Comelec would have to wait for the results of the special elections in Maguindanao before it could proclaim the 12th winner.


Abalos announced the special elections after the special board of canvassers, which the poll body created to tally the certificates of canvass (CoC) at the municipal level, ended its work Wednesday.


Drive against militant party-list groups failed

Last updated 01:51am (Mla time) 06/05/2007

This is in reaction to the article titled, “Admin drive vs militant party lists succeeding.” (Inquirer, 5/29/05)


First of all, the headline is not accurate. I never said that the administration’s drive against Bayan Muna and other progressive parties is succeeding. On the contrary, the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration has failed miserably in its six-year campaign to annihilate and marginalize our parties. Three of our parties — Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anakpawis — are most likely to succeed in maintaining six seats in Congress despite the brutal campaign of extrajudicial killings, abductions, political intimidation, electoral fraud and violence being conducted by Malacañang and the military against our ranks.


While admitting that the last elections saw our toughest campaign so far, I pointed out that our good showing, despite the administration’s all-out effort to dislodge us, was a feat in itself. In fact, it was noted in the news report that I “hesitated to admit” that the vilification campaign against our parties had succeeded.


Second, I would like to stress that the so-called “Admin drive” against us is not simply a vilification campaign aimed at reducing our votes. Since 2001, the Arroyo administration and its armed forces have tried to annihilate our parties altogether. At least 180 of our key leaders and supporters have been killed by suspected state security forces. Scores have been abducted and many remain missing till this day. At the same time, a legal offensive has been launched at the national and local levels, using trumped-up charges of rebellion, murder, sedition or whatever they could concoct against our members and supporters. Even our congressional representatives have not been spared from warrantless arrests, trumped-up charges and assassination threats.


Not content with its deadly campaign, Malacañang and the Armed Forces used government funds and state machinery in the last elections to field and support its own party-list groups. Government-backed political operators were engaged in massive vote-buying, vote-padding, vote-shaving and other forms of cheating to dislodge us and undermine the party-list system as a whole.
Given this concerted, all-out effort by the executive and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to physically, legally and politically obliterate us, the performance of the progressive party lists in the recent elections was nothing short of sterling and a victory in itself. We consistently topped all surveys, raised crucial issues and campaigned effectively nationwide, and we guarded not only our votes but also those of our allies in the opposition.


Despite all odds, we are still in fighting form and ready to do battle when the next Congress opens. This is proof that the administration’s campaign against us has utterly failed.


REP. TEDDY CASIÑO, Bayan Muna Party List

Comelec adopts Veterans formula for partylist representation

By Erwin Oliva
Last updated 00:02am (Mla time) 06/05/2007

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. said the poll body will adopt the so-called Veterans’ formula in allocating party list seats amid opposition from leftwing groups.


Abalos said that while the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, has set the proclamation of 10 of 12 winning Senators Wednesday, it could not do the same for party list groups.


With the canvassing of votes in the congressional race still ongoing, it will be premature to declare which group gets the most number of seats in the House of Representatives, Abalos said in a press conference Monday.


“Because the party that will emerge as number one will be the one to get three seats under the [Veterans’] formula,” he said.


The Supreme Court has ruled that in determining the number of additional congressional seats a winning party is entitled to must be consistent with its October 2000 decision in the case of Veterans Federation Party v the Comelec.


Under the “Veterans formula,” additional seats for a party may be determined by dividing the number of votes of the concerned party with the number of votes of the party that garnered the highest number of votes. The votes will then be multiplied by the number of additional seats allocated to the number one party.


The same formula was adopted by the high court in throwing out a petition by the Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption for a second seat in Congress in April.


But some party list groups, including the leftwing Bayan Muna, are not happy with this representation formula.


Cibac has dismissed the method as erroneous, adding it contradicts the principle of proportional representation.


In a telephone interview, Bayan Muna lawyer Neri Colmenares said the group has been opposing the Veteran’s formula since 2001.


“This formula is wrong. The party list encourages more representatives in Congress,” he said, adding the Party-List Law does not say that the first ranked party list group must be rewarded with additional seats in Congress.


Colmenares said Bayan Muna will ask the Supreme Court to stop the Comelec from adopting the Veterans’ formula.


“I hope the Comelec will change its position,” he said.

List of Party List Nominees Revealed

This is what I get from CIBAC .

List of Party List Nominees Revealed
Sunday, 06 May 2007
1-United Transport Koalisyon (1- Utak)

1. Vigor Ma. D. Mendoza II
2. Homero A. Mercado
3. Zenaida J. De Castro
4. Efren A. De Luna
5. Ryan Benjamin C. Yu

(Akong Ako Kasosyo Party) Kasosyo Producer- Exchange Association, Inc. (AA- KASOSYO)

1. Dionisio Magpantay
2. Felix A. Brawner, Jr.
3. Caridad R. Delgado
4. Luis R. Casimiro
5. Alberto L. Ong, Jr.
6. Francis T. Afulugencia

Aangat Tayo (AT)

1. Daryl Grace J. Abayon
2. Eden Debulgado Rivera
3. Meriam Lasta Paylaga
4. Jean Andaca Bautista
5. Dannelyn J. Letran

Abakada-Guro Party (ABAKADA)

1. Jonathan A. dela Cruz
2. Samson S. Alcantara
3. Cecilia M. Dy
4. Jose Floro Crisologo
5. Jerry D. Alfonso

Abanse Pinay (ABANSE PINAY)

1. Teresa Banaynal Fernandez
2. Kalayaan Pulido-Constantino
3. Yasmin B. Lao
4. Rebecca N. Tanada
5. Isabelita Solamo Constantino
6. Lucia Evelina O. Melecio-Tan
7. Paulina Lawsin Nayra
8. Mary Ann Duran-Dino

Abante Ilonggo Inc. (ABA ILONGO)

1. Aguinaldo L. Miravalles
2. Arturo P. Mejorada
3. Robert C. Doromal
4. Anecito B. Magbato
5. Rogelio S. Setubal

Abono Party List (ABONO)

1. Roberto Raymund M. Estrella
2. Francisoc Emmanuel R. Ortega
3. Ramon M. Morden
4. Rosendo O. So
5. Fa Sison Almasan

Action for Democracy and Development – Tribal People (ADD-TRIBAL)

1. Dr. Abdurahman U. Amin
2. Dr. Nejemah Mokiin S. Malna
3. Datu Tayam P. Sangki
4. Atty. Hasan G. Alam
5. John Albert E. Cerveza

Action for Teacher Empowerment through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms ( A TEACHER )

1. Mariano U. Piamonte Jr.
2. Ulpiano P. Sarmiento III
3. Carolina C. Porio
4. Nenita V. Habulan
5. Julieta R. Cortuna

Advocates for Special Children and the Handicapped Movement (ASAHAN MO)

1. Oscar G. Yabes
2. David Jonathan V. Yap
3. Lino Siao Ong
4. Jose L. Lipa, Jr.
5. Voltaire Dela Cruz Mauricio

Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano, Inc. (AGBIAG)

1. Marcelo T. Farinas II
2. Samuel V. Tomas
3. Rogelio G. Mendoza
4. Ruth Joy L. Guinid
5. Alex M. Manalo

Aging Pilipino Organization, Inc. (AGING PINOY)

1. Edwin L. Lisondra
2. Ernesto M. Camaino
3. Rosalinda V. Dacanay
4. Alma A. Lood
5. Esther B. Sales

Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP)

1. Nicanor M. Briones
2. Cesar A. Cobrador
3. Rico B. Geron
4. Albert Roque T. Lim
5. Victorino Michael I. Lescano

Ahon Pinoy (AHON)

1. Dante Francis M. Ang II
2. Bernardo F. Ople
3. Ernesto C. Herrera III
4. Alfredo M. De La Rosa
5. Ricardo S. Arevalo

Ahonbayan (AHONBAYAN)

1. Edgar A. Catarongan
2. Edgardo C. Manda
3. Raden C. Sakaluran
4. Antonio Mariano C. Almeda
5. Erlindo L. Modar

Akbay Pinoy OFW – National, Inc (APOI)

1. Melchor P. Rosales
2. Floyd N. Feraren
3. Adelaida S. Lazaro
4. Alexander S. Galura
5. Zenaida D. Toledo

Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party (AKBAYAN)

1. Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel
2. Walden F. Bello
3. Enrico G. Dayanghirang
4. Byron D. Bocar
5. Vicente A. Fabe

Aksyon Sambayanan (AKSA)

1. Elizabeth C. Angsioco
2. Timoteo Aa. Aranjuez
3. Mao K. Andong, Jr.
4. Fernando D. Gana
5. Donna Antoinette A. Casio
6. Hadji A. Balajadia

Alagad (ALAGAD) 1st set of nominees:

1. Rodante D. Marcoleta
2. Alberto M. Malvar
3. Sergio C. Manzana
4. Renato S. Cabling
5. Miguelito C. Bajas

2nd set on nominees

1. Diogenes D. Osabel
2. Julian C. Mislang, Jr.
3. Ric O. Domingo
4. Henry A. Asistin
5. Hermenegildo T. Encierto, Jr.

Alay sa Bayan ng Malayang Propesyonal at Repormang Kalakal (ABAY PARAK)

1. Nilo L. Geon zon
2. Datu Michael A. Kida
3. Virgilio M. Acabal
4. Mervin S. Natalicio
5. Nilo R. Quiros

Alliance for Barangay Concerns (ABC)

1. Rafaelito N. Villavicencio
2. Josephine G. Herrera
3. Jovita Tuela Z. Ouano
4. Emmanuel Thomas H. Neria

Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD)

1. Pastor M. Alcover, Jr
2. Ruben R. Platon
3. David S. Odilao, Jr.
4. Provo B. Antipasado, Jr.
5. Domingo M. Balang

Alliance of Associations of Accredited Workers in the Water Sector (AAWAS)

1. Ranulfo C. Feliciano
2. Isidro G. Lapuz
3. Lope B. Santos III
4. Atty. Ranulfo P. Verian
5. Engr. Ascencion G. Fonte Jr.

Alliance of Neo-Conservatives (ANC)

1. Gamaliel A. Cordoba
2. Quirino D. Dela Torre
3. Emilio B. Cayadona
4. Manuel C. Reyes, Jr.
5. Rene P. De Assis, Jr.

Alliance of People’s Organization (APO)

1. Oscar A. Marmeto
2. Val Adriano Guevara
3. Remigio C. Agustin
4. Allan M. Maasir
5. Cesar Y. Palma

Alliance for Rural Concerns (ARC)

1. Narciso D. Santiago III
2. Oscar D. Francisco
3. Kashmir B. Leyretana
4. Basilio P. Propongo
5. Isidro A. Suedad

Alliance of Vendors & Traders of the Phils. (VENDORS)

1. Yussu C. R. Macalangcom
2. Naguib A. Munder
3. Saidamen M. Tabao
4. Hilda Sacay-Clave
5. Narciso G. Quiogue

Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE)

1. Eulogio R. Magsaysay
2. Jose C. Baesa
3. Adelaida R. Magsaysay
4. Percival J. Macapagal
5. Aladino L. Leccio

Alliance Transport Sector (ATS)

1. Jaime S. Domdom
2. Sarcawi H. Nasser
3. Leopoldo M. Villarena
4. Floro S. Arceta
5. Benjamin E. Rubio

Alyansa ng Mamamayang Naghihirap (ALMANA)

1. Honesto L. Cueva
2. Ernesto R. Arellano
3. Eduardo F. Landayan
4. Lourdes A. Gula
5. Mario L. Aguirre

Akapin (AKAPIN)

1. Oscar J. Taleon
2. Teofilo B. dela Cruz
3. Jonathan P. Capanas
4. Marlon C. Advincula
5. Carmen R. Zubiage

Alyansa ng mga Grupoing Haligi ng Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (AGHAM)

1. Emil Q. Javier
2. Saeed Sarapio A. Daof
3. Angel C. Alcala
4. Mario M. Movillon
5. Ruben C. Gamala

Alyansa ng Sambayan para sa Pagbabago (ASAP)

1. Voltaire Francisco B. Banzon
2. Roy P. Mahinay Sr.
3. Carlito B. Cubelo
4. Anthony B. Francisco
5. Leonora M. Protacio
6. Amado J. Domingo

Aba-ako (ABA-AKO)

1. Leonardo Q. Montemayor
2. Dioscoro A. Granada
3. Manuel G. Arejola
4. Percival C. Chavez
5. Bernadette B. Lingo
6. Rene C. Bullecer

An Waray (AN WARAY)

1. Florencio Gabriel G. Noel
2. Neil Benedict A. Montejo
3. Michelle P. Mendiola
4. Jason L. Alve
5. Ranilo T. Maat

Anak Mindanao (AMIN)

1. Mujiv S. Hataman
2. Ariel C. Hernandez
3. Arnel N. Arbison
4. Erlinda N. Senturias
5. Quini Gine W. Areola

Anak Pawis (ANAK PAWIS)

1. Crispin B. Beltran
2. Rafael V. Mariano
3. Joel B. Maglunsod
4. Fernando L. Hicap
5. Ferdinand R. Gaite
6. (not submitted)
7. Jaime S. Paglinawan
8. Orly E. Marcellana
9. Joselito V. Ustarez
10. Wilfredo A. Marbella
11. Jose Roy G. Velez
12. Nicolas S. Galia
13. Carmen T. Buena
14. Jacinto F. Tanduyan
15. Medardo R. Roda

Ang Bagong Bayan na Magtataguyod ng Demokratikong Ideolohiya at Layunin (BANDILA)

1. Luth Myr P. Teoxon
2. Lucas M. Managuelod
3. Benasing A. Macarambon III
4. Alexander D. Mañalac
5. Gilberto A. Ricafort

Ang Galing Pinoy (A.G.)

1. Bernardo R. Corella Jr.
2. Ronnie D. Remedios
3. Leborio M. Jangao Jr.
4. Bai H. Laila Y. Abbas
5. Enrique S. Atanacio

Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino (ALIF)

1. Hon. Acmad M. Tomawis
2. Aissah M. Tomawis
3. Raima Macalandong T. Cali
4. Jamela M. Tomawis
5. Gamal M. Tomawis

Ang Samahan sng mga Mangangalakal para sa Ikauunlad ng Lokal na Ekonomiya (A SMILE)

1. Eduardo Ma. R. Santos
2. Ronald Francisco Lim
3. Anthony P. Dequiña
4. Jaime G. Napoles
5. Manuel R. Jarmin

Angat Antas Kabuhayan Pilipino Movement (Aangat Ka Pilipino)

1. Eduardo C. Morales
2. Nasser J. Halipa
3. Solomon C. Cnoy
4. Ephraim P. Advincula
5. Elias B. Beltran

Aangat Ating Kabuhayan Pilipinas, Inc (ANAK)

1. Eduardo B. Octaviano, Jr.
2. Delfin C. Genio Jr.
3. Kenneth T. Gatchalian
4. Ramon L. Morillo
5. Marcelo D. Sigue

Arts Business and Science Professionals (ABS)

1. Catalina G. Leonen-Pizarro
2. Eugene Michael B. De Vera
3. Catalino O. Lanting
4. Yolanda C. Aguilar
5. Mary T. Jazul
6. Justino I. Valdez

Asosasyon ng mga Maliliit na Negosyanteng Gumaganap (AMANG)

1. Marcelino P. Arias
2. Giovanni H. Melgar
3. Enrique M. Fajardo
4. Agustin B. Abella
5. Isagani G. Calderon

Assalam Bangsamoro People’s Party (ASSALAM)

1. Datu Pendatun B. Disimban
2. Bai Sittie Zohora Montañer
3. Jolly S. Lais
4. Anwat Tucar Rasul
5. Abdulrakman D. Ampatuan

Association of Administrators, Professional and Seniors (AAPS)

1. Edna B. Azurin
2. Joseph D. Logronio
3. Rene B. Azurin
4. Josegfina E. San Juan
5. Felicisima S. Teododro

Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC)

1. Edgar L. Valdez
2. Ernesto C. Pablo
3. Sunny Rose A. Madamba
4. Mariano C. Corvera, Jr.
5. Ponciano D. Payuyo
6. Lamberto M. Canlas

Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA)

1. Rosalinda Q. Dagami
2. Ruth E. Vasquez
3. Maria Corazon M. Tumang
4. Aida Cristina M. Sunga
5. Ma. Luisa Z. Lantin*

Bago National Cultural Society of the Philippines, Inc. (BAGO)

1. Alexander G. Bistoyong
2. Perfecto U. Litap
3. Rudolfo A. Lockey
4. Inocencio G. Carganilla
5. George D. Banayos


1. Daniel S. Razon
2. Melanio L. Mauricio, Jr.
3. Jose Y. Sonza
4. Ariel M. Pacis
5. Olivia G. Coo

Bagong Tao Movement (BTM)

1. Arthur Alvin A. Aguilar
2. Mignon M. Fernando
3. Armando M. Escanto
4. Norman Vincent S. Bungubung
5. Richard V. Reverente

Bahandi sa Kaumahan’ug Kadagatan (BAHANDI)

1. Ali B. Sangki
2. Eduard B. Trinidad
3. Jose G. Agduma
4. Esteban M. Salinas
5. Julio R. Bincay

Barangay Association for National Advancement and Transparency (BANAT)

1. Salvador B. Britanico
2. Raul Lambino
3. Joel C. Mendez
4. Ricardo G. San Juan, Jr.
5. Rodolfo R. Zalazar

Bayan Muna (BAYAN MUNA)

1. Saturnino C. Ocampo
2. Teodoro A. Casiño
3. Neri J. Colminares
4. Elpidio A. Pulmano
5. Alfonso M. Cinco IV
6. Siegfred D. Deduro
7. Roman L. Polintan
8. Bayani O. Cabronero

Bayan Muna (BAYAN MUNA)

1. Saturnino C. Ocampo
2. Teodoro A. Casiño
3. Neri J. Colminares
4. Elpidio A. Pulmano
5. Alfonso M. Cinco IV
6. Siegfred D. Deduro
7. Roman L. Polintan
8. Bayani O. Cabronero
9. Hope V. Hervilla
10. Cynthia N. Lumbera
11. Joven G. Laura

Bigkis Pinoy Movement (BIGKIS)

1. Sheryl G. See
2. Johnny G. Tan
3. Carlos A. Bathan
4. Mario B. Cornista
Biyaheng Pinoy (BP)

1. Jesus C. Cruz
2. Arsenio S. Abalos
3. Mary Rose Magsaysay-Crisostomo
4. Danilo B. Cagas
5. Muamar Abudurahim Akbar

Biyayang Bukid (BIYAYANG BUKID)

1. Teofilo M. Villamar
2. John Erwin S. Teodoro
3. Teodoro G. Montoro
4. Arsenio A. Esteras, Jr.
5. Albino C. Pardiñez, Jr.

Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (BUHAY) 1st set of nominees:

1. Hans Christian M. Señeres
2. Hermenegildo C. Dumlao
3. Antonio R. Bautista
4. Victor Pablo C. Trinidad
5. Eduardo C. Solangon, Jr.

2nd set of nominees:

1. Rene M. Velarde
2. Ma. Carissa O. Coscolluela
3. William Irwin C. Tieng
4. Melchor R. Monsod
5. Teresita B. Villarama

Citizen’s Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)

1. Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva
2. Atty. Cinchona C. Gonzales
3. Sherwin N. Tugna
4. Emil L. Galang

Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines (SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.)

1. Atty. Godofredo V. Arquiza
2. Jose T. Pamplona, Sr.
3. Bienvenido M. Lim Rañola
4. Marcelino M. dela Cruz
5. Luciano E. Beltran
6. Atty. Benjamin M. Tomimbang, Sr.
Cocofed-Philippine Coconut Producers Federation, Inc. (COCOFED)

1. Domingo P. Espina
2. Efren M. Villaseñor
3. Saida E. Wong
4. Federico M. Mortola
5. Oscar T. Pialago

Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines (GRECON)

1. Pablo R. Gonzales, Jr.
2. Helen M. Osin
3. Zenaida D. Lim
4. Fortunato Y. Miranda
5. Celsa J. Bernales


1. Guillermo P. Cua
2. Jose R. Ping-ay
3. Cresente C. Paez
4. Luis D. Carrillo
5. Romulo F. Caceres
6. Emmanuel L. Solis, Jr.

Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA)

1. Emmeline Y. Aglipay
2. Pepito M. Pico
3. Jamairy L. Domado
4. J. Roberto L. Abling
5. Luisita P. Agbayani

Filipinos for Peace, Justice and Progress Movement (FPJPM)

1. Lorenzo Y. Cadsawan
2. Oscar A. Valera Jr.
3. Roger M. Federezo
4. Evangeline G. Reyes
5. Amoran Mai Batara

Gabriela Women’s Party (Gabriela)

1. Liza T. Largoza-Maza
2. Luzviminda C. Ilagan
3. Flora Belinan
4. Nenita Cherniguin
5. Helen Asdolo
6. Maria Lourdes T. Jarabe
7. Nenita M. Tampico
8. Lucia F. Francisco
9. Elena L. Bianan
10. Marites L. Pielago

Hanay ng Aping Pinoy (HAPI)

1. Jamie Flores Zarraga
2. Tranquilino Urmeneta Picson
3. Nino Tolentino Zarraga
4. Ricardo Bopte Pajarillaga
5. Edgardo Macario Roxas

Kabataan Party-list (Kabataan)

1. Raymond V. Palatino
2. Enrico P. Almonguerra
3. Mary Francis Veloso
4. Mark Lovis B. Galanga
5. Ma. Clarizza Z. Singson
6. Angela B. Colmenares-Sabino

Kabukluran ng mga Kababaihan Filipina sa Timog Katagalugan Inc. (Buklod Filipina)

1. Zenaida T. Tobias
2. Cynthia L. Lising
3. Virginia A. Teodosio
4. Cristina C. Pacheco
5. Josefina T. Fuentes

Kalahi-Advocates for Overseas Filipino (KALAHI)

1. Apostol Poe M. Gratela
2. Karlo Alexi B. Nograles
3. Luisito V. Clavano
4. Sunday Manlangit Olis
5. Russel Contemplacion Almarez

Kapatiran ng mga Kulong na Walang Sala (KAKUSA)

1. Ranulfo P. Canonigo
2. Omar A. Rivera
3. Ma. Jesusa A. Sespene
4. Josie F. Manalo
5. Ophelia G. Javier

Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc. (Ang Kasangga)

1. Gaspar DL. Gamban
2. Alvin L, Cabatit
3. Felicitas R. Lomotan
4. Rosalito D. Trinidad
5. Albert K. Suarez

Butil Farmers Party (BUTIL)

1. Leonila V. Chavez
2. Agapito H. Guanlao
3. Herminio G. Ocampo
4. Reynaldo C. Capalad
5. Rufino C. Hernandez

Novelty Entrepreneurship and Livelihood for Food Inc. (NEELFFI)

1. Hussein P. Pangandaman
2. Perla C. Baldemor
3. Rogelio F. Valle
4. Mohammad Isa Perfecto C. Vergel de Dios Jr.
5. Alfredo I. Nengasca
6. Reuben F. Valle

Parents Enabling Parents (PEP)

1. Philip H. Piccio
2. Vicente P. Ortuoste
3. Victoria Gomez Jacinto
4. Cornelio C. Zafra
5. Jocelyn M. Upano

Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)

1. Gerardo F. Rivera
2. Judy Ann C. Miranda
3. Ma. Luisa P. Parroco
4. Eliseo D. Alim

People’s Movement Against Poverty (PMAP)

1. Ronaldo A. Lumbao
2. Benita C. Tanyag
3. Cynthia I. Villarin
4. Jervina N. Maglunob
5. Amado S. Masulit

Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA)

1. Davey Christian R. Chua
2. Enrico A. Pineda
3. Jerry Herman G. Cordiñera
4. Orlando G. Castelo
5. Steven Anthony T. Relova

Sandigang Maralita (SM)

1. Sultan Moh’d Yussoph Abdulkhayer P.C. Sambitory
2. Datu Alioden P. Noor Jr.
3. Sdg. Salem O. Batua-An
4. Bai Johaimah N. Sacar
5. Mr. Erwin B. Culanag


1. Jose Virgilio L. Bautista
2. Nilda C. Lagman-Sevilla
3. Wilson M. Fortaleza
4. Flora A. Santos
5. Bibiano C. Rivera

Seaman’s Party Inc. (SPI)

1. Nestor M. Vargas
2. Danila R. Mauro
3. Marcelino J. Villanueva
4. Rodrigo A. De Villa
5. Ulyses M. Sapalo

Suara Bangsamoro Party-list (SUARA)

1. Zaynab A. Ampatuan
2. Amirah Ali Lidasan
3. Samaon Sammy Buat
4. Macasalong P. Sarip
5. Fridah G. Olama

Sulong Barangay Movement (SB)

1. Efren O. Docena
2. Roberto G. Brillante
3. Jorge M. Mariano
4. Fustino S. Tugade, Jr.
5. Romeo T. Valorozo

The True Marcos Loyalist Association Inc. (BANTAY)

1. Jovito S. Palparan, Jr.
2. Ramon Y. Garcia
3. Benjamin I. Angeles
4. Alan L. Guevara
5. Agnes L. Reaño

Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP)

1. Raymond D.C. Mendoza
2. Arnel Z. Dolendo
3. Alexander H.G. Aguilar
4. Temistocles S. Dejon, Jr.
5. Michael D.C. Mendoza

Union of the Masses for Democracy and Justice (UMDJ)

1. Virgilio S. Eustaquio
2. Salvador S. Panelo
3. Ruben S. Dionisio
4. Denis P. Ibona

United Movement Against Drugs Foundation Inc. (UNI MAD)

1. Teodoro L. Lim
2. Alphonsus P. Crucero
3. Enrique B. Galang Jr.
4. Antonio M. Rom III
5. Manuel C. Mendoza

Veterans Freedom Party (VFP) 1st set of nominees:

1. Estrella DL. Santos
2. Ma. Esperanza H. de Ocampo
3. Rey P. Gavina
4. Peregrino M. Andres
5. Justice Manuel R. Pamaran

2nd set of nominees:

1. Rodrigo B. Gutang
2. Francisco L. Tolin
3. Juanito B. Aquias
4. Jaime C. Echeverria
5. Nestor C. Castillo

You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP)

1. Carol Jayne B. Lopez
2. Haron D. Omar
3. Ernesto A. Moya
4. Arnel A. Zapatos
5. Alexis Wayne P. Valdivia

Only Buhay may get three seats

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Comelec ruling upsets Bayan Muna By Nikko Dizon
Last updated 02:00am (Mla time) 06/05/2007
MANILA, Philippines — The dust in the party-list race has yet to settle but a new controversy looms with the announcement of the Commission on Elections Monday that only the No. 1 group would get the coveted maximum three seats in the House of Representatives.


In accordance with the Comelec ruling, only the pro-life El Shaddai-associated Buhay, which is currently leading the party-list race, would be entitled to three seats.


The militant group Bayan Muna will likely get two seats, down from its three seats in the 13th Congress.


Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos Sr. said the poll body would use the so-called “Panganiban formula” instead of the commission’s “2-4-6 formula” in determining the number of seats each winning party-list organization would have in the incoming 14th Congress.
“It’s only the No. 1 group that will get three seats under the (Panganiban) formula,” Abalos said at a press conference after the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBC), adjourned for the day.


Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño described Abalos’ statement as “very distressing.”


“Applying the one-party formula will be against the spirit of the party-list law, which is to encourage more party-list groups to join,” Casiño said.


He said it was not a coincidence that those that would be hit by the Comelec statement were opposition party-list groups.


“I hope Abalos won’t allow himself to be used by Malacañang’s political agenda,” he said.


More popish than the Pope


For her part, outgoing Akbayan party-list Rep. Loretta Ann “Etta” Rosales said Abalos was more popish than the Pope.


“We find the formula problematic as it is, but his interpretation is downright malicious and wrong by reducing us all to one seat each. They really want to annihilate independent voices in the House,” Rosales said.


The party-list system allows marginalized groups to take part in legislation.


Abalos was referring to the formula created by the Supreme Court to determine the additional number of House seats entitled to a party-list group as it resolved the case of the Veterans Federation Party et al. v. Comelec in 2000. The ruling was penned by then Associate Justice Artemio Panganiban, who retired late last year as Chief Justice.


Based on the formula, the additional number of seats of a party-list group is pegged on the number of votes of the first, or No. 1 party.


Formula explained


On its website, the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) has posted an explanation of the formula by Dr. Felix P. Muga II of the Mathematics Department of the Ateneo de Manila University.


Muga wrote: “The Supreme Court formula, which we call the Panganiban-Veterans Formula, allocates one seat to the parties with at least 2 percent of the total party-list votes.”


“Then the additional number of seats of a concerned party is computed by dividing its number of votes by the number of votes of the first party. The quotient is multiplied by the additional number of seats of the first party,” he said.


“The integer part or the whole part of this computation is the additional number of seats of the concerned party,” Muga said.


“The Supreme Court refers to the ‘first party’ as the party-list group that obtained the highest votes in the party-list election. The first party has one additional seat if it garnered at least 4 percent but less than 6 percent of the total number of party-list votes, or it has two additional seats if it obtained at least 6 percent of the total number of party-list votes,” he said.


Muga said the formula imposed a three-seat cap to be consistent with the provision of the Party-List System Act, or Republic Act No. 941.


Prevailing doctrine


Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the poll body would follow the formula because “it is the prevailing doctrine.”


“It has not been reversed until now. So that’s what we have to follow. That’s the Supreme Court ruling. You have to yield to the Supreme Court [because it is] the highest tribunal,” Sarmiento said.


In April, the high court denied Cibac’s petition for a second seat in the House following the 2004 party-list elections.


The Supreme Court said the additional seat allocation formula should follow its decision on the VFP case.


The Comelec’s audited tally as of June 2 showed that Buhay had 1,015,627 votes, followed by Bayan Muna with 816,340, and Cibac, 667,004.


Gabriela Women’s Party ranks fourth with 491,928 votes while the Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) is fifth with 475,190.


Some 700,000 to 1 million votes are still to be canvassed by the NBC sub-canvassing committee, according to Bayan Muna lawyer and third nominee, Neri Colmenares.


Panganiban’s invention


Colmenares pointed out that it was a formula that was simply the “invention” of Panganiban.


“Where did the formula come from? Nowhere in the law did it say that there’s this formula that should be followed. Nor was it in the constitutional proceedings,” he said.


Colmenares said Bayan Muna had always held the “Panganiban formula wrong” such that when it was the first party in the 2001 and 2004 elections, it never questioned the “2-4-6 formula” implemented by the Comelec, which also gave other party-list groups like APEC and Akbayan three seats each.


In the 2-4-6 formula, a party-list that gets 6 percent of the total number of votes cast for the party-list elections would be entitled to three seats. A group with 4 percent will get two seats, and a group with 2 percent, one seat.


The Comelec, Colmenares said, never implemented the Panganiban formula, which was why he was surprised that in this year’s party-list elections, it decided to do away with its own 2-4-6 formula.


He said the Panganiban formula was not really a formula. “It simply says that the first party will get three seats and all the succeeding parties will get their second seats if they get one-half of the vote of the first party,” he said.


“The (Panganiban) formula itself is not right in general and in particular to Bayan Muna. Firstly, the formula says that it is for proportionality but in fact, it (becomes more) disproportionate for the party-list groups,” Colmenares said.


Secondly, Colmenares said, the Comelec’s decision to implement the Panganiban formula “is unjust and unfair to Bayan Muna,” which now appears to be the second party.


“The fight isn’t over yet. Of course, there’s still a chance (for Bayan Muna to be No. 1). But let’s say that’s the trend (Bayan Muna at No. 2), now they will implement the Panganiban formula?” he said.




He acknowledged that the fight over which formula would be implemented in determining the additional seats would be somewhat “personal” because he is Bayan Muna’s third nominee, and thus the one who might not be entitled to a House seat.


Should the Comelec decide to implement the Panganiban formula, Bayan Muna would question the ruling in the Supreme Court, he said.


He added that with the Panganiban formula, it appears that party-list organizations, even if they get 2 percent of the total votes cast for party-list elections, would occupy fewer seats in the 14th Congress.


In the current 13th Congress, the party-list groups occupy a total of 23 seats. Under RA No. 7941, party-list groups are entitled to up to 20 percent (some 50 seats) of the total number of members of the House.


(UPDATE 2) Congressman Beltran back in House

Kin wants gov’t to pay for solon’s hospital bills By Maila Ager, Thea Alberto
Last updated 05:48pm (Mla time) 06/04/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran is back at the House of Representatives Monday after being detained for over a year following his arrest for alleged rebellion.


Wasting no time, Beltran took the floor to lash out at the government, maintaining his innocence on rebellion charges filed against him and other fellow militant lawmakers.


“I will no longer provide the details of what had happened except for a few points. The first is, I am innocent of the charge of rebellion and second, it is not against the law or a crime to speak against corruption, graft, and the killings of hundreds of innocent civilians,” said Beltran in Filipino.


“It is a bigger crime to remain mute and deaf, indifferent while Filipinos sink deeper, innocent civilians continue to shed blood in the hands of the military,” he said.


Beltran also lamented how this government treated him and his co-respondents in the case like a “criminal and fugitive.”


Aside from rebellion, the lawmaker said they were also charged with murder when what they only did was to use and maximize their parliamentary rights to speak and stand for the people.


He also lamented that because he was in jail, he could not fully help his group, Anakpawis, campaign in the elections last May 14.


Nevertheless, Beltran remained confident that he could sill get the justice and freedom that he had been asking for.


Beltran also used the opportunity to push his pet legislation, House Bill 345, which seeks to give a P125 across-the-board wage increase for private workers, and a separate legislation seeking a P3,000 wage raise for government workers.


And finally, the detained lawmaker concluded his speech expressing his heartfelt gratitude to his colleagues, employees and officials of the House who helped his group fulfilled its commitments to the people, especially those in the marginalized sectors.


At a press conference before the session, Beltran also thanked those who helped him settle his hospital bills, which he said had reached to over P1 million.


A staff member of Beltran disclosed that politicians from both sides of the fence had helped the lawmaker. They were administration Senators Joker Arroyo and Ramon Magsaysay, opposition Senators Manuel Villar and Ma. Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Congressman Roseler Barinaga, and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Sonny Belmonte.


Beltran arrived at the House an hour before the regular 4 p.m. session. He was accompanied by his fellow partylist representatives — Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casiño, Joel Virador of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza of Gabriela; and Rafael Mariano also of Anakpawis.


Beltran, who was in a pink barong, proceeded to the office of outgoing House Minority Floor Leader Francis “Chiz” Escudero where a press conference was held, with other opposition members.


But Beltran’s freedom is temporary.


Judge Elmer Almeda of the Makati City regional trial court merely allowed Beltran to leave the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City to attend the remaining session days of the 13th Congress and the 100th Anniversary of the House of Representatives this week.


Ofelia Beltran-Balleta, Beltran’s daughter, had gone to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame to show the court order by Almeda that allowed his father to attend the sessions that began Monday until June 6, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and which authorities have acknowledged.


Should Beltran need to stay beyond 7 p.m., he would just ask police to allow an extension, Balleta said.


After the session, Beltran will then be brought back to the hospital.

“We are already satisfied at this point that he has been given a pass..since it has been a year since he was detained,” said Balleta whose father was arrested on a rebellion charge in February 2006.


Last Friday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling dismissing the rebellion charges filed against him, Ocampo, Casiño, Virador, Mariano, and Maza.


The case stemmed from the legislators’ alleged conspiracy with the communists in an attempt to topple the Arroyo administration.


Beltran’s co-respondents have prepared a resolution urging the House leadership to support their call for the immediate release of their colleague.


“We ask our colleagues to immediately pass a resolution expressing the sense of the House that Ka Bel [Beltran’s nickname] be immediately released from continuing illegal and arbitrary detention in the light of the Supreme Court ruling and the intrinsic merit of his petition,” Ocampo, Casiño, Mariano, Virador, and Maza said in a joint statement.


At the same press conference earlier on Monday, Ocampo said a resolution by the House would add up to pressures for the immediate release of the detained legislator.


At the very least, Ocampo said the House should help restore the status of Beltran as a lawmaker.


A supplemental motion for Beltran’s release based on the high tribunal decision will also be filed either on Tuesday or Wednesday, lawyer Romulo Capulong announced at the same forum.


“Not only on the basis of the merit of the petition, not only humanitarian grounds but based on the finding of the SC [Supreme Court] itself,” Capulong pointed out.


In the statement, the lawmakers also urged Malacañang to “graciously accept defeat and to respect the decision and prerogatives of high court,” by abandoning its plan to file an appeal on the case.


“There is no use for a motion for reconsideration now, except for the obvious reason that the government wants to heartlessly keep Ka Bel in jail and show its vindictiveness to political dissenters,” they said.


“The Arroyo government has to face the reality that the opposition, including the militant partylist bloc, has a right to exist sans all forms of harassment and intimidation. Otherwise, democracy becomes a farce,” they added.


The lawmakers said it was an outright lie for Malacañang to claim that the high tribunal’s decision had long-term adverse effects on the criminal justice system. It was not only unfair to the High Court but also “doubly unfair “for them, they said.


They said the government simply lost its case because of the “legal shortcuts, violation of due process rights of the accused, and politicized acts of prosecutors.”


Meanwhile, Beltran’s family wants the government to pay the lawmaker’s hospital bills amounting to almost P700,000 after the Supreme Court dropped the rebellion charges against the legislator last Friday, Balleta said.


“Because he has no crime and he should not have been jailed, we demand the government na magbayad ng [to pay] hospital bills at moral damages sa aming [to our] family at kay [and to] Congressman Beltran,” Balleta said.

Balleta said although several senators and lawmakers had offered donations and pledges to pay the bills, she believed that the government should shoulder the charges, which has reached P688,700 as of last week.

She added that the moral damages must amount to P15 million, which meant P1 million for every month that Beltran had been detained.