Bare the list!

With the Commission on Elections refusing to reveal the names of all party-list nominees, AKBAYAN urges the public to help in disclosing the names of ALL party-list nominees.

We have attempted several times to get the list from the Commission on Elections, to no avail. No en banc resolution on our request has been released yet, but several statements have been made by the COMELEC officials, including COMELEC Chair Ben Abalos himself, denying access to the list of nominees. COMELEC uses the Section 7 of the Party-list Law to rationalize this absurd policy, but clearly, no law prohibits the COMELEC from divulging the list.

The policy goes against basic democratic principles. It violates the constitutionally guaranteed right to access to public information. It contradicts existing laws, which grant citizens the right to check if candidates have complied to the basic qualifications for elective posts. It bastardizes the essence of democracy, which include accountability and transparency.

Here’s what you can do to correct this ridiculous policy:

  • Inform us if you know the names of the nominees of a particular party-list organization. Send it through email (secretariat@akbayan.org) or through fax (02+9252936).
  • Support our online petition to pressure the COMELEC to divulge the list.
  • Pressure party-list organizations to reveal the names of their nominees.
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61 Responses to “Bare the list!”

  1. monk_x Says:

    Congratulations on this effort. Is Akbayan considering filing a case for mandamus to compel COMELEC to identify the nominees?

  2. tumandok Says:

    This is a very good move to increase the awareness of the Filipino people how the COMELEC and Malacañang would try to influence the process of the Party List Representation. It simply shows how desperate GMA is to stay in power by ensuring that majority of this Party List Representatives would be supporting her.

    Let us continue to be vigilant and fight for our right to equal representation through this party list system.

    🙂

  3. tumandok Says:

    This is a very good move to increase the awareness of the Filipino people on how the COMELEC and Malacañang tries influence the process of party list representation. It simply shows how GMA wants to stay in power by ensuring that those people who would sit as Party List Representatives would be supporting her.

    Lets continue to be vigilant and fight for our right.

  4. kamotboy Says:

    Calling on all TRUE Filipinos to unite against these shameless, conscienceless, godless, heartless, mindless, senseless, witless policy of these ANTI-Fiipino COMELEC commissioners. They deserve to be thrown in the hottest place on hell.

  5. chick voter Says:

    WHY would you want the list bared in the first place? There’s a reason why you VOTE FOR A PARTY and not a particular person. I’m sure if everyone knew that Sharon Cuneta’s under Party A then ALL her fans would start voting for her… NOT the party.

    Why don’t you focus on an information campaign re: parties, what they stand for, and how they differentiate from each other? Tsktsk. What? You wanna know who their party nominee is so you can start airing out their dirty laundry? You vote for THE PARTY and WHAT THEY STAND FOR and not who they’re fielding. It’s the party’s discretion.. if they want to be represented by some celebrity imbecile or someone unknown but can rally votes in congress.

  6. joe_taroogs Says:

    sobra nang nakaka-insulto ang mga pinaggagawa ng mga alipores ni Gloria upang masiguro lang na siya ay mananatili sa puwesto. hindi nakakapagtaka kung bakit wala nang tiwala ang taumbayan sa gubyernong ito… IBAGSAK!!!

  7. Jae Says:

    All these is really an effort bring the Party-List Law back to its true intent: to create meaningful inroads for the marginalized. Mukhang nakalimutan ata ito ng ating mga COMELEC commissioners.

    To monk_x: kung hindi mandamus, baka certiorari, for grave abuse of discretion. We are exploring our legal options. Hard to that do that when we have yet to see a copy of COMELEC’s en banc resolution! Hay naku. 😦

  8. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Here is the combined list from Akbayan, Bantay RA 7419, & Urban Poor:

    1-United Transport Koalisyon
    Aangat ang Kabuhayan (ANAK)
    Abante Ilonggo
    Abay-Parak.
    Abgbiag Timpuyog Ilocano Inc.
    Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines Inc.
    AHON PINOY OFW Party
    Akbay Pinoy OFW-National Inc.
    AKSA
    Aksyon Sambayanan
    Alagad
    Alay sa Bayan ng Malayang Propesyona
    and Repormang Kalakal
    Alliance for Barangay Concerns
    Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy
    Alliance of Neo-Conservatives
    Alliance of People’s Organizations
    Alliance of Volunteer Educators
    The True Marcos Loyalist Inc.
    Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham
    at Teknolohiya Para sa Mamamayan Inc.
    ANAD
    Ang Galing Pinoy
    Ang Kasangga
    Ang Laban ng Indihinong Filipino
    Angat Antas Kabuhayan Pilipino Movement
    Angat Ating Kabuhayan
    Arts Business and Science Professional
    Asosasyon ng Maliliit na
    Negosyanteng Gumaganap Inc.
    Association of Administrators,
    Professionals and Seniors
    Babae Ka!
    Babae Para sa Kaunlaran
    Bago National Cultural Society of the Philippines
    Bagong Alyansang Tagapagtaguyod
    ng Adhikaing Sambayanan
    Barangay Association for National
    Advancement and Transparency
    Bigkis Pinoy Movement
    Biyaheng Pinoy
    Biyayang Bukid
    Filipinos for Peace, Justice and Progress Movement
    Hanay ng Aping Pinoy
    KAKUSA
    Kapatiran ng mga Nakakulong na Walang Sala
    Kasangga sa Kaunlaran Inc.
    Kasosyo Producer-Consumer Exchange
    Parents Enabling Parents
    Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta
    Sulong Barangay Movement
    The True Marcos Loyalist Inc.
    United Movement Against Drugs

    Cyber Istambay
    A Jaywalking Cyber Pedestrian Observer

  9. pepingsaksi Says:

    pandaraya labanan… ILABAS ang LISTAHAN!!!
    Milagro ng COMELEC huwag hayaan 🙂

  10. cocos_nucifera Says:

    Let us not allow the COMELEC to run roughshod of our fundamental right to information. This issue deals with this very basic right, and i really don’t understand why the COMELEC continues to take us for morons! Commissioner Sarmiento tsk, tsk…

  11. Babae Ka Says:

    “Loopholes in party-list law”
    Babae Ka blames Akbayan’s inaction

    Women’s party-list group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) today lambasted the Citizen’s Action Party (Akbayan) for its failure to push for “pro-people and pro-poor” amendments to the party-list system law.

    Sally Dagami, Babae Ka chairperson said that, “This self-proclaimed cause-oriented group did not even bother to introduce a bill amending the party-list law because it is benefiting from the loopholes in the law.”

    Babae Ka also chided Akbayan for failing to author a legislation that would oblige party-list groups to reveal their nominees publicly.

    “Anim na taon na sila sa Kongreso. Nitong nakaraang tatlong taon ay tatlo pa ang kanilang kinatawan pero kahit isang batas ay walang naipasa ang grupong ito. Ngayon sila daldal ng daldal samantalang noong may sesyon ang Kongreso ay hindi sila nagpasa ng batas na magtatakda sa paglabas ng pangalan ng mga nominado,” Dagami said.

    “Sa loob ng tatlong taon, yung isang kinatawan nila ay pitong panukalang batas lang ang nagawa. Yung isa naman ay labing-tatlo, at yung isa dalawampu’t siyam nga pero puro kinopya lang naman sa mga panukala ng ibang mambabatas,” Dagami added.

    The Commission on Elections last week said that the party-list system is “vague and flawed” and it should be amended.

    Commissioner Rene Sarmiento lamented that the poll body is “taking all the punches” in its decision not to make public the list of nominees when it is simply enforcing the law.

    “The law is flawed. It should be re-examined because it is vague. I believe Congress should pass a new law or amend the existing one to spell out the nuances of the party-list law,” Sarmiento said.

    Sarmiento said Republic Act 7941, otherwise known as the Party-list System Act, only requires nominees to “represent” and not necessarily to “belong” to the marginalized sector that they claim to represent.

    “What exactly does ‘to represent’ mean?” Sarmiento asked. “It could mean that being an advocate is already enough. Another could argue that the nominee should be marginalized himself, poor or financially distressed.”

    Under Section 9 of RA 7941, the only requirements set for nominees are the following: must be a natural-born citizen of the Philippines; a registered voter; a resident of the Philippines for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the day of the election; able to read and write; a bona fide member of the party or organization which he seeks to represent; and at least 25 years of age on the day of the election.

    “Under the law, an aspiring party-list group only needs to meet the requirements set forth in it to get accredited. However, some groups like Akbayan has dubious intentions. They obviously want to take advantage of the loopholes in the law to gain media mileage. But the question is whose fault was it? It’s really theirs,” Dagami said.#

  12. Babae Ka Says:

    Nakinabang ng husto ang mga elitista lider-lideran ng Akbayan sa mga loopholes ng party-list law kaya hindi nila ito binago.
    Ngayon sila ngawa ng ngawa. Eh dapat nagfile sila ng batas noong may sesyon pa ang Kongreso.
    Puro propaganda lang ang alam ng grupong ito.

  13. Melissa Says:

    Babae Ka’s nominees:
    1. Sally Dagami – a nurse by profession; from Waray and Laguna
    2. Ruth Vasquez – housewife; from Metro Manila
    3. Cora Tumang – businesswoman; from Pampanga and Quezon City

  14. liwayway Says:

    Nakakatawa naman itong mga taga Babae Ka! Puro sablay ang hirit. It is absurd na sabihin na kasalanan ng Akbayan kung bakit hindi na-release ang list ng nominees. Hindi naman kailangan i-amend ang PL law dahil noong mga nakaraang taon ay inilabas din ang listahan ng mga nominado. Hindi tanga ang mga botante para hindi maintindihan na ang iboboto nila ay partylist at hindi mga nominees. Masyadong minamaliit ng COMELEC ang kapasidad ng mga botante na pumili ng kanilang partylist. Maari namang batayan din ng mga botante ang mga nominee upang sukatin ang kredibilidad ng Partylist. Bakit sa mga senatoriables, kahit individual candidates ang ibinoboto, hindi naman itinatago ang partido nila. The same principle should apply to partylist elections.

    Malamang nga ay may tinatago sa baul ang COMELEC kaya ayaw ilabas ang listahan.

  15. Ariel Oclarit Says:

    Dito mismo sa forum na ito nakikita ang adbentahe ng nakikilala ang mga nominees: Hal., alam natin ngayon na isang Sally Dagami ang isa sa mga nominee ng BABAE KA at batay sa kanyang mga argumento sa forum na ito alam natin ngayon kung paano siya kung mag-isip; higit na natutulungan tayong magdesisyon kung karapat-dapat bang iboto ang BABAE KA sa Kongreso. 🙂

    Tama ang puntong ang partido at kanyang adbokasiya ang binoboto sa party-list; subalit ang magsasabuhay ng adbokasiyang ito sa Kongeso ay ang kanyang mga nominado. Mahalaga na makilala ng mga tao ang mga ito. Muli, salamat.

  16. orion_1648 Says:

    chick voter Says:
    April 14th, 2007 at 7:54 am

    WHY would you want the list bared in the first place? … You vote for THE PARTY and WHAT THEY STAND FOR and not who they’re fielding …. Why don’t you focus on an information campaign re: parties, what they stand for, and how they differentiate from each other? Tsktsk. What? You wanna know who their party nominee is so you can start airing out their dirty laundry?

    ———————–

    (Sigh.)

    Talk is cheap. “Information campaigns re: parties, what they stand for, and how they differentiate from each other”, as you put it, are only one part of the picture, usually the one that “parties” like to present to the public. It’s very easy for a party to claim that it stands for the rights of marginalized tricycle drivers, human rights, etc. But how would a voter know if said party actually is serious if he doesn’t know the nominee who would be tasked to implement the party’s policy?

    The sincerity with which the party regards its mission is seen in its choice of nominee(s). A party that says it is for military reforms and nominates Ret. Gen Francisco Gudani is one thing, whereas another that claims the same and nominates Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan is another. I would believe the first party is sincere since the efforts of its nominee Gudani for clean and honorable military behavior are on record, whereas I would be wary of the second party’s similar claims since the record of its nominee Palparan in extra-judicial killings hardly indicates reforms of any kind.

    You say, “You vote for the party and what they stand for”? Well, what a party stands for is seen not in its vision/mission pronouncements or claims, but in concrete acts such as its selection of nominees. The list of nominees must be bared, in order to verify whether or not a party list is sincere or merely faking it, such as fronting for the administration.

  17. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    PARTY LIST FOR SALE?

    Watch the video at Pedestrian Observer and see for yourself how scam artists bastardize a system that should enable marginalized sectors representation shamelessly taken over by questionable parties for a backdoor pass to PORK BARREL and other perks alloted for representatongs.

    Babae Ka is prominently featured in the first video see for yourself……… shame, shame, shame, shame ooooops I guess they have none.

  18. Babae Ka Says:

    Ms Liwayway, The statement never said that Babae Ka blames Akbayan for the non-release of the names of the nominees. The statement mentioned the following:

    Babae ka blames Akbayan for its failure to push for “pro-people and pro-poor” amendments to the party-list system law.

    Akbayan… this self-proclaimed cause-oriented group did not even bother to introduce a bill amending the party-list law because it is benefiting from the loopholes in the law.”

    And also for failing to author a legislation that would oblige party-list groups to reveal their nominees publicly.

  19. akbayanph Says:

    We just wish to clarify that AKBAYAN did introduce a bill amending the party-list law. HB 3302 (Full title: An act amending Republic Act Numbered 7941 otherwise known as the “Party-List System Act”) seeks to introduce various amendments to refine the party-list formula according to existing and internationally recognized systems maximum proportionality and representation. The bill would have increased the number of seats that a PL group could obtain and it would have introduced a stricter mechanism for accreditation.

    The bill was approved by the Party-list Caucus, which is comprised of all party-list reps in Congress. It was then approved by the Committee on Suffrage, yet due to the anti-GMA stance taken by most party-list representatives, the majority did not act on the measure.

    Did the bill include a provision for the mandatory disclosure of PL nominees? well, is that really necessary? any decent PL system ensures that the names of the nominees are known to the electorate, since the system that we call democracy requires transparency, after all. you go to europe, to New Zealand or Australia, or any country where the party-list system is the dominant – if not the sole – form of representation, the names of the nominees are declared.

    We think that a little intellectual rigor is necessary when we deploy accusations to other groups. Babae Ka wrote to Chair Abalos, urging him to disqualify AKBAYAN because we disclosed the names of their nominees. We found the act breathtakingly silly because the names of Babae Ka nominees (for the first two slots, at least) were posted in their website! That’s how we got the names. That’s how we got reports about the connection of Ruth Vasquez to Sigaw ng Bayan, that some of their leaders work in the Office for External Affairs, that some of them, including Sally Dagami, allegedly used to be a KGMA coordinator.

  20. Babae Ka Says:

    Oh by the way, Babae Ka will file libel cases against those involved in maligning the name of this organization. Wait for it.

  21. Babae Ka Says:

    Various amendments?!?
    The bill filed by Etta Rosales and co-authored by Risa Hontiveros seeks to increase the maximum number of seats of a party-list group from 3 to 6. That’s all!

    Oh well, it seems Akbayan wants to build its own dynasty within the party-list system.

    Asan ang pro-people and pro-poor amendment? Wala po. Maski proposal.

  22. oo, babae ako! pero ayoko sa inyo! Says:

    i for one, am not too keen on making much of an issue of this much longer. babae ka and its cohort organizations are only benefiting from the added exposure that an established and credible organization like akbayan is already giving them. but exposed, they must be, because the public deserves to know that a vote cast for these stooges is a wasted vote in favor of patronage, elitist politics and the outright kabulukan of GMA’s tyrannical and corrupt regime. these Malacañang sponsored party-list extensions should be opposed and exposed for their rotten machinations and shameless bastardization of a system that they do not respect nor understand.

  23. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    UHUH be that way go ahead and compete with Mike Arroyo, let’s see if you can file more than the Guiness Book of World Record guy on slapping everyone with libel.

    “Babae Ka Says:
    April 18th, 2007 at 3:28 am

    Oh by the way, Babae Ka will file libel cases against those involved in maligning the name of this organization. Wait for it.”

    Here quoted from that you tube:

    Ces: Hinimok ang mga NGO na magparehistro daw bilang Party list nuong Oktubre kabilang dito ang ofw International na ngayon ay Akbay Pinoy na, ngayon Babae ka at lypad na ngayon ay Lipad na. Pinangakuan daw sila ng pondo pero ng hindi ito naibigay sinabihan ang mga party list na ibenta na lang ang nominees.

    Bert: Sabi po nila wala na nga po. Sold na daw Lahat

    Ces: Sino ang kausap mo na nagsabing sold, sino ‘yun?

    Bert: Ang kausap ko ‘yun pong isa member ng Babae ka.

    True or not? Answer the points and don’t threaten people with your BS maligning crap or is it because you can’t refute this allegations against your group that you try to muscle people with LIBEL crap?

  24. easyjedi Says:

    kakusa for example, it was reported that their nominee is jalosjos, a jailed and convicted child rapist. pero kung di mo alam ang nominee madadala ka sa propaganda line nila. mga walang kasalanan bakit ikinulong… paano na ang mga naiwanang pamilya…e ang uupo pala e si jalosjos,,, joskopo. kaya mas okay na malaman sino ang mga nominado.

    sa babae ka.. bakit ayaw niyong malaman ng publiko kung sino ang mga nominado ng partylist? may dapat bang ikatakot o ikahiya?

  25. Melissa Says:

    Hey guys, I want to clarify that I posted the names of Babae Ka nominees here not to malign them but to point-out that their nominees have been made public. It seems that Rep Etta Rosales was wrong when she said that they are government employees or are employees of Malacanang.

  26. akbayanph Says:

    Hello Melissa:

    thanks for posting their names, now we know the third nominee. It was actually Sally Dagami who said that they have members who are employees of OEA. According to an ANC report, Dagami herself also said that a certain Nerissa Garcia, OEA’s Exec Director, is one of the leaders of Babae Ka.

    The funny thing, though, is why Babae Ka is silent on its links with Sigaw ng Bayan (whose people’s initiative the Supreme Court described as a grand deception of the people) and its alleged ties with KGMA, Macapagal-Arroyo’s so-called movement during the 2004 polls.

  27. unleaded_gas Says:

    What’s wrong with being affiliated with PGMA anyway? What’s all the distancing dance for? There’s really no problem about a group like Babae Ka being linked to Malacanang. What’s important is that such groups don’t conceal such connections, so that people will know and decide how to vote accordingly.

  28. Violent Dispersal Says:

    Lemme ask:

    Where was BABAE KA when nicole needed all the help she can get in order to bring the GI rapists to justice?

    Where was BABAE KA when we were fighting for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill?

    Where was BABAE KA during the impeachment and oust campaign initiative against Mrs. Arroyo?

    Where was BABAE KA when hundreds of women were victims of summary executions and political harassment allegedly committed by this government in tandem with its fascist repressive armed apparatus?

    Where was BABAE KA when many women have been victims of the repressive EO 1017, State of Emergency, Calibrated preemptive Response etc?

    Where was BABAE KA in all of these?

    Ah yes, BABAE KA was so busy conniving with the Office of External Affairs and Raul Lambino’s Sigaw ng Bayan group in pushing for the realization of a flawed Charter Change initiative. They are so busy kissing Mrs. Arroyo’s wet ass just to be at her good side.

    While our women were getting raped by foreign soldiers, violated, beaten up in protest rallies and even ending up dead, BABAE KA was so busy duping the unsuspecting public by acquiring their signatures to support the illegal Peoples’ Initiative.

    Ms. Sally Dagami was so busy acting as the Coordinator of KGMA and Ruth Vasquez was equivalently busy acting as one of the spokespersons of the OEA/DILG-backed Sigaw ng Bayan.

    Enough of the exchanges. BABAE KA is already exposed for what it really is. A clear front of Malacanang, a stooge of OEA and an enemy of the people particularly of the Filipino women.

    Oh, a libel case from BABAE KA? Wow! they do sound like Mr. Mike Arroyo. Well, what do you expect from a Malacanang front?

    Bring it on.

  29. Violent Dispersal Says:

    Black & White PARTY LIST

    The Black and White Movement offers its Black List / White List campaign to help elect into Congress men and women of courage who will exact accountability from GMA for the unabated corruption and killings through congressional investigations and by initiating the only constitutionally prescribed process of determining culpable violation of the constitution by the president – impeachment.

    The Philippines is now the “most corrupt” country in Asia, according to the recent PERC survey. The report further says there is “no sincere effort to curb corruption.” It’s all lip service.

    The Philippines is also now the second most dangerous place for journalists, next only to Iraq. Philip Alston, UN rapporteur on extrajudicial killings reported that the military is responsible for many of the unsolved killings. Initially, the administration issued denials, even questioning and belittling the credentials of Alston. Later, they were forced to issue pronouncements that they will address the problem. Today, the killings continue. There is really no serious effort to resolve the unsolved killings or to prevent new ones. It’s all lip service.

    You can actively campaign AGAINST candidates listed in the Black List and campaign FOR those listed in the white list.

    _______________________________________________________

    BLACK LIST (Huwag Iboto)

    AGBIAG
    AKBAY PINOY
    AKSA
    ALAGAD
    ALIF
    AVE
    APEC
    Babae Ka
    BANTAY BAYAN
    Butil
    COOP NATTCO
    KAKUSA

    _______________________________________________________

    WHITE LIST (Dapat Iboto at i-Kampanya)

    AKBAYAN
    AMIN
    Sanlakas
    Partidong Manggagawa
    CIBAC
    A Teacher
    Minero
    Bayan Muna
    Gabriela
    Anak Pawis
    Kabataan

    http://www.blacknwhite-movement.com/

  30. Babae Ka Says:

    You are in the list pedestrian observer. We know who you are and what’s your position in Akbayan.
    Prove your allegations in court.

  31. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    There are now numerous list of BOGUS PARTY LIST coming from different organizations a good sign that people are actively exposing questionable party list. We have Akbayan coming out with the first 11 party lists which they say are fronts for the Lady cheating errr seating by the murky Pasig river, 41 from Urban Poor for Legal Reforms (UP-LR) and Bantay R.A. 7941 and now we have B&W MOVEMENT and Kontra Daya with their own black list of 12 & 22.

    I have compiled all the list in one entry if anyone has any information regarding those list it will help us expose and separate the BOGUS from the GENUINE party list that truly represent the marginalizeds sector and not some scam artist using it for their back door pass to PORK BARREL.

    Oh by the way Bare the List has been the top outgoing link for the past 4 days since I created a hyperlink of this site.

    Thank You,

    Cyber Istambay
    A jaywalking Cyber Pedestrian observer

  32. manunga Says:

    Maybe the problem, Unleaded_gas, is that you’re one of the few who somehow remain unconvinced that GMA cheated her way into the presidency… I will not begrudge you that, but I hope you don’t begrudge me either of my belief that she did.

    For me, what’s wrong with affiliating with GMA is that she is a FALSE PRESIDENT clinging on to power and using all means necessary to do so, including SACRIFICING THE FILIPINO’s BEST INTEREST and STEALING public resources and taxpayers’ money including yours, Unleaded-gas.Affiliating with GMA is a condonation of her acts. It’s equivalent to saying it’s okay to LIE, CHEAT, and STEAL!

    Also, from my understanding, it’s against the law for civil servants to engage in partisan politics. So, regardless of how one feels about GMA, it would be simply wrong to say: “There’s really no problem about a group like Babae Ka being linked to Malacanang. What’s important is that such groups don’t conceal such connections, so that people will know and decide how to vote accordingly.” It’s plain and simple illegal.

  33. Dimasalang Says:

    Gloria Arroyo is desperate to stay in power thru electoral fraud. Taxpayers’ money is being spent for a lost cause and personal interest. The May 14, 2007 elections will the judgment day. Filipino electorate must guard their votes at all cost. Never send representatives without a clear or fake mandate. The Comelec is responsible for accreditation of fake party-list. It seems that Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos is deliberately ignoring the public demand to reveal the names of all party-list nominees. There’s no doubt that Chairman Abalos is playing Malacanang Palace dirty tricks.

    Plan calls for vote lowering of leftist groups; intel funds used for Gloria groups

    Proof of pro-GMA party-list plot vs anti-admin bared

    By Gerry Baldo and Marie A. Surbano

    Daily Tribune 04/21/2007

    Fearing a third impeachment complaint filed against President Arroyo in the new House of Representatives will finally do her in, Malacañang’s Office of External Affairs (OEA) Assistant Secretary Marcelo Fariñas and President Arroyo had already hatched as early as October last year a plot to minimize, if not totally eliminate the number of leftist and anti-Gloria party-list groups while providing full support and funding for Commission on Elections (Conelec)-accredited party-list groups that are “ascertained to be pro-administration” and ensure the victory of at least 12 pro-Arroyo party-listers while working to have a 40 pro-Arroyo party-list member bloc in the next Congress.

    The plot also called for the formation of a pro-Arroyo party-list bloc that will support the plans and programs of Mrs. Arroyo and “help in countering destabilization moves by the opposition, as well as the left-leaning party-list groups.”

    The plan also hinted at engaging in poll fraud again, as it spoke of the need to “contribute in the overall campaign to substantially lower the number of votes of leftist and left-leaning party-list organizations and in the process, reduce the seats of these anti-administration parties in the House of Representatives.”

    Left-leaning party-list organizations were able to secure a document proving their claim that Malacañang is funding the candidacy of the alleged “frontline organizations” of the Arroyo government aimed at thwarting any attempt to

    impeach the President during the next Congress.

    Gabriela Rep. Liza Masa said she and her group were able obtain the “confidential” memorandum of assistant secretary Fariñas, head of the Office of External Affairs special concerns group of the office of the President, to lawyer Erlyn de Leon, special assistant to the President and close confidante. The memo sought Palace funding for these party list groups that would be supported by the Palace.

    “These well funded party list organizations shall actively campaign for 40 seats in Congress with the foremost objective of gathering additional votes in the House of Representatives for another round of impeachment against the President,” the memorandum dated Oct.16, 2006 said.

    The OEA proposal further said that the administration and its allied civil society organizations should have a comprehensive counter-plan with the objective of frustrating this “grand plan” of the Left and the opposition.

    The same plan also mentioned the easing out of known opposition party list groups that are also aiming to get seats through the party list system. Mentioned were the United Opposition group as well as other organizations that are identified with detained President Joseph Estrada, such as MARE, PMAP, UMDJP and others.

    It has been noted that the Comelec had for the most part, disqualified many of these groups known to be anti- administration, while allowing unheard of party list groups to be fully accredited and refusing to make their nominees public.

    Reliable sources in the opposition camp told the Tribune that this disqualification of these opposition party list groups was also part of the Palace plan that had the active participation of the Comelec.

    From October to December 2006, Farinas asked for a P5.5 million budget to cover just the firming up of the party list, operationalization of the headquarters and the planning and consolidation of the network and party list conventions.

    In the memorandum, written on the stationery of the Office of the President, it was also stated that the groups that would be enjoying the support of the government are Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano (AGbiag), Babae para sa Kaunlaran (Babae ka), League of Youth for Peace and Development (Lypad) and Kalahi Advocates for Overseas Filipinos (Kalahi).

    “Two to five more party list groups shall be given support, which may include a coalition of Muslim and Indigenous Peoples and already registered party list parties,” the memorandum reads.

    In the memorandum, Fariñas requested for funding for the SGC, as well as the various party list groups identified as pro-administration. The funds, according to the memorandum, would be sourced from the President’s intelligence fund.

    In a separate interview with poll Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, he claimed he had never heard of this issue, but said he would be bringing this up to the Commission en banc since he said this was a very “serious” matter that concerns national interest.

    “This is the first time I came to know of this memorandum, so what I’ll do is to bring this to the attention of the commission en banc because this is serious and I think my fellow commissioners should learn about this because this has an impact on the party-list system of election,” he said.

    He also noted that they are waiting for the results of the investigation conducted by the law department on the allegations that some Comelec personnel are involved in the selling of the accreditation of the party list groups. Earlier reports pointed to unnamed Comelec commissioners as being behind the sale.

    Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis pointed out that the use of the President’s intelligence fund to support party list groups in the coming May 14 elections is alarming as it shows how intensely the desire of the government is to win more seats in Congress.

    “GMA fears impeachment. This is why she is meddling in the party list elections,” he told reporters.

    It will be recalled that Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales of Akabayan asked the Comelec to disqualify 11 party list groups believed to be backed and funded by the government.

    According to Rosales, these party list groups are Babae Ka, Ang Kasangga, Akbay Pinoy, Aksyon Sambayanan (Aksa), Agbiag!, Ahon Pinoy, Aangat Tayo, Aangat ang Kabuhayan (Anak), Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (Anad), Kakusa and Biyaheng Pinoy, which has Dr. Arsenio Abalos, elder brother of Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos, as its first nominee.

    Gabriela’s Liza Maza yesterday bared Malacañang’s grand plan to prevent progressive and opposition partylist groups from winning during next month’s election.

    Maza pointed to the Palace’s OEA group as being behind the “dirty tricks” against opposition and progressive partylist groups.

    “There is a grand scheme to prevent our party list from winning and/or adding more seats for the pro-Gloria group in Congress and Malacañang’s dirty hands are behind it. This is the biggest travesty of the partylist system,” Maza said yesterday in a press conference.

    Maza, armed with a copy of a confidential memorandum asking Mrs. Arroyo’s approval to fund the scheme against Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Kabataan, Suara Bangsamoro and other partylist groups, said the objective of the campaign was to ensure the victory of pro-administration party lists and to reduce the number of opposition and left leaning party list groups.

    “This scheme therefore complements the disqualification case against our parties and the killings and harassment of our members and supporters. The tragedy of this all is that not only is this scheme out to shove us out of Congress but it is robbing the underprivileged Filipinos of their right to be represented as enshrined in the party list system,” said. Maza.

    The OEA memorandum said that, “this specific electoral campaign has the following objectives:

    Provide full support to several Comelec-accredited that are ascertained to be pro-administration and ensure the winning of seevral seats in the House; the formation of a party list bloc supporting Mrs. Arroyo and help in countering moves to destabilize her and contribute in the over-all campaign to substantially lower the number of votes of leftist and left-leaning partylist organizations and in the process reduce the seats of these anti-administration parties in the House of Representatives.”

    Fariñas, in his memo for Mrs. Arroyo said that they have already secured an office at the Ortigas Avenue in Greenhills as its operations center and that there is a need to get more people to ensure the objectives of the plan.

    Farinas, in the same memorandum, also said that his group has a national and international network of support groups from places such as the United States, Middle East, Asia Pacific and ethnic groups in the country.

    Farinas said they would need P5.5 million to fund the project from October to December 2006.

    “Corollary, may we request that funding assistance from Her Excellency’s intelligence funds be immediately granted to the SCG as well as the various partylist groups identified as pro-administration,” Fariñas said in his memorandum.

    Farinas was requesting funding support for the said special concerns group which will run these parties.

    “The registration and entry of these partylists in this elections, with funding and support from Malacanang, grossly violates the provisions of the Party List Law and the Constitution,” said Maza.

    The Gabriela solon urged that investigations be conducted on pro-administration candidates and on the OEA.

    Mrs. Arroyo appears to have also been in on the military’s move to deploy troops in Metro Manila to intidimate, harass, coerce and threaten the supporters of the militant groups and having the voters reject these groups.

  34. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Takutin mo lelang mong panot, uLOL, WRONG I am not with Akbayan I just formed my own partyBOGUS PARTY LIST called JAYWALKERS BOGUS PARTY LIST. I have not registered it yet because I am checking it out if I can “buy” a party or be nominated through some “fixers” so is this true? If so do you know of any sellers? Go visit my blog I have some “nice” words for you again, hahaha.

    “Babae Ka Says:
    April 19th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    You are in the list pedestrian observer. We know who you are and what’s your position in Akbayan. Prove your allegations in court.”

    Huh and double huh? Prove my allegations in court? It does’nt work like that “sweeties”, the burden of proof is not on moi the “accused” but the “accuser” which is you. So if I say that IF it is true that you are in the buying and selling of nominees and you admit and say yes then you are a bunch of scam artist of the BOGUS PARTY LIST kind. Go figure that one out…………..

    Cyber istambay
    A Jaywalking Cyber Pedestrian Observer

  35. DiYumu Yuko Says:

    Frankly, the criminal in the palace by the murky river has intended to have these partylists created with her Sigaw ng Bayan to insure that she does not get booted out. The group even admitted they are legions and did not even shudder when they quoted the bad spirits who came out of one they possessed and asked the Saviour to allow them to tranfer a herd of swine, then jumped into the sea and drown. This story can be found in Mark 5:9-15, Matt.8:30-32, Luke 8:30-33

    Ironically, they are doing the same suicidal thing by allowing themselves to enter into the pig’s pen that the Philippine Congress has been turned into and they want to enter it to drown in graft and corruption that will spell doom to the Philippine race.

    Point is how can Filipinos allow themselves to be deceived? Why can they not spot the demons when they see them?

  36. DiYumu Yuko Says:

    Babae Ka says, “You are in the list pedestrian observer. ”

    Just what list does this group mean? The Execution List of the Cheat of Staff and the Chief of Injustice, who are making the Filipinos look more like a bunch of nincompoops? Remember, there are more than 850 victims of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines since Mrs. Pidal, who apparently suffers from some acute case of “illusion of grandeur” grabbed power.

    Fortunately, pedestrian observer is not Philippine-based. He could indeed be one of them now for the killing. But wait! He can still be a victim of this kind of killing. The Pidals have the money now to have a killer hired to shoot him like what happened to the Cambodian director, who wrote and produced “The Killing Fields” and gunned down in L.A.

    Eerrie? You bet it is.

  37. Anonimo Says:

    > Babae Ka Says:

    > April 19th, 2007 at 3:03 pm
    > You are in the list pedestrian observer. We know who you are and what’s your position in Akbayan.
    > Prove your allegations in court.

    Bravo, you only proved who you are and what you are standing for. Long live the Philippines! Long Live GLoria Arroyo! Long Live Mike Arroyo!

    *sarcastic laugh *

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  40. Babae Ka Says:

    Smokescreens to their legislative failures

    Leftist party-list group Gabriela has echoed Akbayan’s accusation that women’s party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) is a “front” of Malacañang. Leaders of this so-called cause-oriented group even showed an allegedly letter supposedly coming from an Asec. Marcelo Fariñas of the Office of External Affairs addressed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo requesting for P5 Million to finance party-list groups, which, according to them, includes BABAE KA.

    This accusation is totally unfounded and very malicious. The alleged document or “proof” that Gabriela showed to media is fabricated, a product of the dirty-tactics department of extremist hardliners.

    In an official statement, Sally Dagami, BABAE KA chairperson, said that, “For the nth time, we want the Filipino people to know that BABAE KA party-list is not a Malacañang-backed organization. BABAE KA has not received a single centavo from the government… Just like Akbayan’s, the accusation of Gabriela is another cheap-shot by another leftist organization that is aimed to generate media projection at our expense. The document that this so-called cause-oriented have shown publicly is a fabrication. BABAE KA knows nothing about this.”

    All these accusations are diversionary tactics – smokescreens to their miserable legislative work records. Her Royal Highness Lisa Masa of Gabriela and the 3 Akbayan representatives – Rosales, Hontiveros-Baraquel and Aguja – failed to author even a single bill that gets enacted into law.

    But they have a ready-made excuse for their failures. They have pointed an accusing finger on the majority congressmen for not acting on their proposed bills. However, a review of the bills filed by these leftist solons would reveal the real score. All of their proposed laws are not only poorly written but also haphazardly done. Parang hindi pinag-isipang mabuti. Ipinasok na masabi lang na may mga panukalang batas.

    Magaling lang talaga sila sa pagpuna at pag-akusa pero walang alam sa pagbibigay ng kagyat at wastong solusyon sa mga suliran ng mga mamamayan, bayan at lipunan.

  41. Roman Says:

    Is the following memo the “alleged” one?

    _____________________________________________

    Office of the President
    of the Philippines
    Malacañang

    Office of External Affairs

    CONFIDENTIAL

    MEMORANDUM FOR THE PRESIDENT

    THROUGH: ATTY. ERLYN DE LEON
    SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

    FROM : THE OFFICE OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

    SUBJECT : FORMATION OF THE OEA SPECIAL CONCERNS
    GROUP AND REQUEST FOR FUNDING SUPPORT

    DATE : 16 OCTOBER 2006

    The Office of External Affairs (OEA) would like to respectfully inform Her Excellency of the formation of the OEA Special Concerns Group (OEA-SCG) which shall focus in the participation of our grassroots and allied NGO’s and people’s organizations in the 2007 Congressional election.

    This specific electoral campaign has the following objectives:

    1. Provide full support to several COMELEC accredited partylist groups that are ascertained to be pro-administration and ensure the winning of nine (9) to twelve (12) seats in the House of Representatives;

    2. Form a party-list bloc that will support the plans and programs of the administration and help in countering destabilization moves by the opposition as well as left-leaning party-list groups; and,

    3. Contribute in the overall campaign to substantially lower the number of votes of leftist and left-leaning party-list organizations, and in the process reduce the seats of these anti-administration parties in the House of Representatives.

    The OEA-SCG is headed by Assistant Secretary Marcelo T. Farinas II, assisted by three (3) Directors and a 5-person Secretariat. The OEA-SCG, in cooperation with concerned groups and officials of some government agencies, has formulated a comprehensive analysis of the party-list situation and prospects for 2007 (confidential copies are hereto attached).

    The OEA-SCG has secured a private office in Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills as its Operations Center. However, there is the immediate need to increase the members of the Secretariat to make the group fully-functional in order to expedite the attainment of the aforementioned objectives, and resource support is required.

    The group has a national network from various sectors including Ilocanos and other major ethnic groups, women, youth, OFWs, senior citizens, Muslims and Indigenous Peoples, urban poor, farmers and fisherfolks, and workers, as well as international support in the United States of America, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific.

    All the pro-administration partylist organizations to be supported shall also establish its own headquarters and shall need fulltime staff. This shall be done immediately after accreditation by the COMELEC.

    Attached please find the 2007 Party-List Campaign proposal including a proposed budget of PHP 5.5 Million from October to December 2006. Corollary, may we request that funding assistance from Her Excellency’s Intelligence Funds be immediately granted to the SCG as well as the various partylist groups identified as pro-administration.

    For Her Excellency’s perusal and approval.

    [Signed]

    ASEC. MARCELO T. FARINAS II
    Head, OEA Special Concerns Group

    ___________________________________

    Confidential

    2007 Party-list Campaign
    A Proposal

    The party-list system has been exploited to the hilt by left and left-leaning organizations and has been dominated by them since the 2001 elections. To date, the legal fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF have 6 congressmen in the House of Representatives, while the moderate left organizations and the opposition have a combined 6 representatives as well. These anti-administration congressmen have a total of PHP 780 Million in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) annually (PHP 65 Million each per year) or PHP 2.34 Billion in 3 years. Furthermore, they are using their positions and influence to campaign against the President and the policies and programs of the administration.

    The 2007 elections specifically the party-list campaign shall again be used by these organizations to expand their political influence and gain more seats in the House of Representatives. Some are also eyeing seats in the Senate.

    Bayan Muna and Anakpawis shall spearhead this leftist campaign with the objective of achieving 3 seats each. They are strengthening and consolidating their forces and are gearing up for additional party-list congressional seats through the women’s sector (Gabriela) youth sector (Anak ng Bayan), Muslims (Suara Bangsa Moro) and OFWs (Migrante).

    Other left-leaning partylist groups are consolidating ranks and shall definitely aim for the maximum partylist seats allowable. These partylist groups include Akbayan, Partido Manggagawa and Ang Ladlad.

    Various groups identified with the opposition are also aiming to win seats in Congress through the partylist “backdoor.” The United Opposition or UNO, the Filipinos for Peace, Justice and Progress or FPJPM (the NGO that launched the failed presidential bid of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.), the Citizen’s Movement for Justice, Economy, Environment and Peace or JEEP (the NGO that campaigned for the presidency of Joseph Estrada), MARE (the women’s organization identified with Ms. Loi Estrada), and the Union of the Masses for Democracy and Justice or UMDP (formerly named as PMAP or People’s Movement Against Poverty).

    These well-funded partylist organizations shall actively campaign for forty (40) seats in Congress with the foremost objective gathering additional votes in the House of Representatives for another round of impeachment against the President.

    The administration and its allied civil society organizations should have a comprehensive counter-plan with the objective of frustrating the aforementioned grand plan of the left and the opposition. This proposal is one-way of achieving that goal.

    Objectives

    Five (5) to eight (8) pro-administration party-list organizations shall be fielded in the 2007 Congressional election with the following objectives:

    1. Provide full support to several COMELEC accredited partylist groups that are ascertained to be pro-administration and ensure the winning of nine (9) to twelve (12) seats in the House of Representatives;

    2. Form a partylist block that will support the plans and programs of the administration and help in countering destabilization moves by the opposition as well as left-leaning party-list groups; and,

    3. Contribute in the overall campaign to substantially lower the number of votes of leftist and left-leaning party-list organizations, and in the process reduce the seats of these anti-administration parties in the House of Representatives.

    Conduct

    Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano (AGBIAG!), Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA), League of Youth for Peace and Development (LYPAD) and Kalahi Advocates for Overseas Filipinos (KALAHI) have filed registration as national sectoral organizations. These are the 4 main party-list organizations to be supported. Two (2) to five (5) more partylist groups shall be given support, which may include a coalition of Muslim and Indigenous Peoples and already registered party-list parties.

    Timelines

    October 1 to November 30, 2006:

    Firming up of party-list organizations to be supported.
    Full operationalization of the headquarters including completion of all required staffing.

    December 1 to December 31, 2006:
    Planning, and expansion and consolidation of network, and Party-list Conventions

    October to December 2006 Proposed Operation Budget:

    Item [1]: Organizational and consolidation meetings, and operational support
    Budget: 150,000/organization x 5 organizations
    Total Monthly: 750,000 x 3 months
    Total for 5 months: 2,250,000

    Item [2]: Conventions of COMELEC accredited and pro-administration partylist groups
    Budget: 550,000/organization x 5 organizations
    Total for 5 months: 2,750,000

    TOTAL [Items 1 & 2, for 5 months]: 5,000,000
    10% Contingency: 500,000
    OVERALL TOTAL: 5,500,000

  42. manunga Says:

    Hahaha!

    The more this person from babae ka speaks, lalo lang niyang ibinabaon ang sarili niya sa kumunoy!

    I received a text recently which also pertains to akbayan’s supposed lack of legislative achievements. The thing is, the text’s root source is an ASec somewhere in the Office of the President. May ambitions pa raw ito sa isang top post sa isa sa mga well-funded Departments after Gloria! Parehas talaga kayo ng linya, mader!!!!

    Tsk tsk tsk, Babae Ka! Mukhang matindi nga tlaga kuneksyon nyo!!! Hahahaha!

    And please… Di totoong walang napasa ang Akbayan noh! Di ka naman masyadong sinungaling, mader! Hehehe… At kung konti man ang napapasang batas ng Akbayan at iba pang progressives sa Congress, it’s only because ang daming mga humaharang! How can you expect this miserable ignorant ingonimous congress to pass progressive laws that would mean meaningful social reform eh abalang abala silang humalik sa pwet ni
    GMA! Tsk tsk tsk! Kayong mga taga-Babae Ka, parang wala talaga kayong alam sa legislative process!!!! Anong gagawin niyo sa Kongreso??? Manghaharang lang kayo ng mga moves na kokontra sa bosing nyo sa Malacañang, noh?! At sasalo siyempre ng Prok Barrel! At magcha-CHACHA!!! AMININ!!!!!!!! HEHEHEHEHEH!

  43. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    This is really getting interesting, to follow up on Roman’s comment here is the PCIJ’s PDF file of this OEA document complete with the signature of Marcelo T. Farinas II, ASEC, Head of OEA Special Concerns.

  44. Roman Says:

    Thanks, Pedestrian.

    Here’s another PCIJ link showing Farinas’s counter-plan for GMA’s party lists:

    http://pcij.org/blog/wp-docs/OEA_2007_party_list_campaign_proposal.pdf

    This was an attachment to Farinas’s OEA memo which you linked to in your post above dated Apr. 23, 5:39 AM.

    Raders should also check out:

    http://www.i-site.ph/blog/

  45. Signus Says:

    Hoy! Babae Ka, huwag kang humirit. Maliwanag pa araw na ang Babae Ka Party-list ay pakawala ni Gloriang Tiyanak. Ang tanong: MAGKANO BA kalapating mababang lipad? Wala kayong konsensya dahil ang pondo ng gobierno ay ginawa ninyong gatasan. Ahay Lalaki Ako!

  46. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Thanks Roman it’s done just updated my entry for the 2nd time, keep it coming………. looks like we are the ones compiling a “list” here and not this Babae daw sila, lol thinking they can just intimidate people with their Libel crap.

  47. manunga Says:

    “But they have a ready-made excuse for their failures. They have pointed an accusing finger on the majority congressmen for not acting on their proposed bills. However, a review of the bills filed by these leftist solons would reveal the real score. All of their proposed laws are not only poorly written but also haphazardly done. Parang hindi pinag-isipang mabuti. Ipinasok na masabi lang na may mga panukalang batas.”

    I’m willing to bet my beatiful womanly ass… the poster of this comment hasn’t read even ONE of the bills she describes as poorly-written. “Review” ka jan… Propaganda pa siguro no! Goes to show how little you know… Sinong nag-feed sa yo ng linyang ito??? Yung ASec sa Malacanang???

  48. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Check out the banner, bloggers should create this banner to help expose BOGUS PARTY LIST.

  49. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Looks like the frothing in the mouth of the you know who has subsided, lol. Are they even on the survey? Probably not and here they are acting as if they are the popular legitimate party list.

    We need to focus on exposing Klink’s Ahon Pinoy, it seems that the survey shows they may get the required 2% of the vote from voters who are not aware.

  50. BABAE KA Partylist Says:

    You call yourselves “progressives” with all the sexist remarks here? Hmmm… no wonder.

  51. peksman Says:

    Yun pong ipinangangalandakan ninyong “Memo” kuno at “Confidential Proposal” kuno ay walang barcode at walang hologram ng Office of the President. Harharhar!
    The hungry seabeasts swallowed the bait, the hook, the line and the sinker, including the rod. Harharhar!
    Paano ba yan? Paano kaya kayo paniniwalaan ngayon ng media eh mukhang kuryente ang inilabas nyo! Harharhar!

  52. Babae Ka Says:

    Akbayan spent Php25 Million in the 2004 campaign. Ay sus ginoo! Iyan ba ang marginalized at underprivileged?!?
    Magkano for this year’s campaign? Php50 Million nga ba? Hmmmm…. Ay kayaman naman nila!

  53. Roman Says:

    Lahat ba ng memo ay may barcode at hologram, lalung-lalo na kung tinatakang “confidential”?

    ‘Yun bang memo ni Health Sec Duque to PGMA in which he suggested using OWWA funds and PhilHealth cards for her own campaign a few months before the 2004 elections … did that memo have barcodes and holograms?

    Did ASEC Ahmad Bayam’s 2003 memo to Joey Rufino endorsing Virgilio Garcillano and requesting GMA through Rufino to make Garci a COMELEC Commissioner in time for the 2004 elections … did that memo have barcodes and holograms?

    Did the Garci Tapes have barcodes and holograms? Never mind that those don’t compriset a memo, never mind even the 3-hr full tape of Sammy Ong … I’m talking of the GMA-“Gary” Ruado version verified as the “real” conversation by Bunye (“I have two tapes”): did even that version have barcodes and holograms?

    If not, are we to believe they were “fake,” as we are asked to believe this latest Farinas memo is “fake,” because of lack of “barcodes” and “holograms,” and in spite of the record of this administration itself for FABRICATION of “official” documents (e.g., Ricardo Manapat “files” on birth records of the late FPJ, among other things)?

    The confidential memo from Marcelo Farinas II to PGMA was published in the broadsheets and in sites like PCIJ which enjoy much more credibility than this administration’s lackeys. Na-“kuryente” ba silang lahat? Talaga?

  54. unleaded_gas Says:

    To BABAE KA:

    Who’s calling him-/herself progressive here? What’s with the “sexist” bit? As far as I see, the debate here on revelation of party list nominees is about concealment vs. exposure of truth, not between progressive and conservative, or sexist and gender-sensitive.

    As to the latter, the fact that your organization is criticized for dissembling and Gabriela is recognized for exposing the Farinas memo … the fact that two women’s groups here are treated differently based on what they have done, tells me that “sexism” is irrelevant here, and that the main issue is between truth’s exposure on one hand and its exposure on the other.

  55. solei Says:

    I just strayed in this area now and saw that Parents Enabling Parents (PEP Coalition) is included in the BOGUS Party-list. PLEASE, for clarification and fair media exposure, PEP is NOT A BOGUS OR FRONT Party-list. We (where I am just an ordinary parent volunteer), the parents, have come to form this coalition out of frustration for the system that is existing in this country. The system where ONE IS A NOBODY UNTIL ONE IS HEARD in any means! When i say any means, i mean either one goes by way of the “fair-and-square” or “pay-and-play”. We prefer to play but win fair and square!

  56. exposer Says:

    una, ang nag-expose ng controversial memo ay Gabriela. Akbayan kami hindi Gabriela. Hindi ba kayo tinuruan ng basic comparative ideology sa OEA bago sumabak sa ganitong negosyo? maraming dating tibak doon na mga bayaran na at mersenaryo, paturo kayo. Oh baka naman si Gen. Palparan nagturo sa inyo kaya sweeping ang political spectrum ninyo.

    Kung sabagay, halatang grupo kayo ng malacanang dahil katonong-katono ninyo sila magsalita at pumostura.

    Hindi namin kailangang mangumbinsi para paniwalaan. Pinaniniwalaan na kami dati pa. Magbasa at magsuri kasi kayo ng survey, puro militanteng party-list orgs ang nangunguna. Samantalang kayo, bistado na at nailantad na mga bayaran, ahente reaksyonaryo at tuta ng palasyo.

    Sino ang sexist? excuse me po, pero tila Babae ka yata yon. Babae ka nga ang pangalan pero wala naman ginawa para sa interes na kababaihan. sagutin na lang ninyo tanong ni violent dispersal kung nasaan grupo ninyo sa iba’t ibang isyu tungkol sa kababaihan na wala kayong ginawa at pagtugon bukod sa magpapirma para sa cha-cha ni GMA.

    Alam ninyo, kahit isang milyon pang Press releases, statements at blogs ang likhain ninyo hindi na ninyo maitatanggi na sindikato kayo ng Malacanang, patakbuhing tuta ng OEA at mga bayarang grupo. Hindi bobo ang masa, alam nila kapag peke ang isang grupo at nanlalansi.

    bistado na kayo. huling huli na. Kawawa naman ang mga kababaihan na niloloko ninyo. tumigil na kayo. balik na lang kayo sa OEA at gmawa ng mga project proposal para sa mga pro-GMA rallies ninyo na nilalangaw. O baka naman hindi na kayo makabalik dahil nag-rigodon ang OEA ngayon dahil masyado garapal at krudo racket ninyo eh.

    Sally, musta negosyo natin sa OEA? Kinakamusta ka nga pala ni Tamayo, bakit mo aw sila inisahan at niloko. Ruth, musta racket at bayaran sa Sigaw ng Bayan, spokesperson pa rin ba?

    Lagi,

    Exposer

  57. jessica Says:

    Hey that’s foul. No personal attacks please.

  58. Signus Says:

    Its first round victory and the next battle will be at the polls. Partisan COMELEC is exposed its true colors. Chairman Abalos cannot be trusted to conduct fair, honest and clean elections. Constitutional election body is a big joke under Abalos leadership.

    SC orders Comelec to release partylist nominees

    By Tetch Torres
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 04:56pm (Mla time) 05/03/2007

    Excerpts: MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has ordered the Commission on Elections to immediately disclose the partylist nominees.

    In a consolidated decision penned by Associate Justice Cancio Garcia, the High Court also ruled that it was the responsibility of the Comelec to determine the qualifications of the partylist groups.

    On the issue of releasing the list of nominees, the high tribunal agreed with petitioners Akbayan and Kilosbayan that non-disclosure was against the public’s right to information, which violated Article 2 and Article 3 of the Constitution.

    The high tribunal cited Article III Section 7 of the Constitution, which provided “the right of the people to information on matters of public concern shall be recognized…”

    It also pointed to Section 28 Article II of the Constitution which provided that “Subject to reasonable conditions prescribed by law, the State adopts and implements a policy of full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.”

    The High Court said, “The people have the right to elect their representatives based on an informed judgment.”

    The high tribunal gave the Comelec five days upon receipt of the decision to provide the court copies of the nominees.

    The court ruling on the Comelec’s role in determining the qualifications of partylist groups was sought by Bantay Republic 7941 and Urban Poor for Legal Reforms.

    In their petition, the two told the High Court that the Comelec had violated the eight-point guidelines it had set to determine which organizations were qualified as partylist groups.

    The court said determining the qualifications dealt with factual issues, which the Comelec was in a position to decide.

  59. Pedestrian Observer Says:

    Hey Exposer,

    Just to let you know I posted your comments at Pedestrian Observer together with the scanned OEA documents in question.

    cyber Istambay

  60. hocus pocus Says:

    Haaaaaaay. Winner ang mga repLIES ng Babae Ka… This is the best exchange ever!

  61. ionaks Says:

    To Solei:

    Not sure where you got your information, but PEP is NOT among the PLs being alleged by Akbayan as an administration-front. We welcome plurality in Congress and genuine party-list groups which truly represent the underepresented without the financial and institutional backing from Malacanang.

    Just to clarify po… 🙂

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