MANILA (2ND UPDATE) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Friday 14 winners in the party-list elections.
The 14 are:
1. Buhay (BUHAY HAYAAN YUMABONG)
2. A Teacher (ADVOCACY FOR TEACHER EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTION COOPERATION AND HARMONY TOWARDS EDUCATIONAL REFORMS)
3. Bayan Muna
4. 1-Care (1ST CONSUMERS ALLIANCE FOR RURAL ENERGY, INC.)
5. Akbayan (AKBAYAN CITIZENS' ACTION PARTY)
6. AKB (AKO BICOL POLITICAL PARTY)
7. Abono (ABONO PARTY-LIST)
8. OFW Family (OFW FAMILY CLUB, INC.)
9. Gabriela (GABRIELA WOMEN'S PARTY)
10. COOP-NATCCO (COOPERATIVE NATCCO NETWORK PARTY)
11. AGAP (AGRICULTURAL SECTOR ALLIANCE OF THE PHILIPPINES)
12. Cibac (CITIZENS' BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPTION)
13. Magdalo (MAGDALO PARA SA PILIPINO)
14. An Waray
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the 14 party-list groups are already guaranteed one seat in the 16th Congress after getting 2% of the total votes cast for the party-list race.
He said party-list groups that will get the remaining 44 seats will be proclaimed on Monday if there are no delays. There are 58 congressional seats reserved for party-list groups.
"There are 14 parties. These are the parties that will be entitled to at least one seat. They will not be affected whether we include the votes of the 12 disqualified party-list groups or not. That's why we are ready to proclaim the 14," Brillantes told Mornings@ANC.
Brillantes said they will also announce on Monday the exact number of seats to be given to the first 14 party-lists proclaimed today.
Based on the Comelec's initial computation, a party-list group can earn at least 1 congressional seat by getting 2 percent of the votes cast, which is equivalent to around 200,000 votes.
Additional seats may be available to them, as well as to groups with less than 2% of the votes, depending on their share of the party-list votes. This will be determined through a formula prescribed by the Supreme Court.
Below is a list of the nominees of the 14 winning party-list groups:
BUHAY: 1,056,689 (4.68%)
1. Mariano Michael M. Velarde, Jr.
2. Jose “Lito” L. Atienza, Jr.
3. William Irwin C. Tieng
A TEACHER 831, 267 (3.68%)
1. Mariano U. Piamonte, Jr.
2. Julieta R. Cortuna
BAYAN MUNA 784,054 (3.47%)
1. Neri J. Colmenares
2. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate
1-CARE 731,230 (3.24%)
1. Edgardo R. Masongsong
2. Michael Angelo C. Rivera
AKBAYAN 680,173 (3.01%)
1. Walden F. Bello
2. Ibarra M. Gutierrez III
AKB (Ako Bicol) 619,430 (2.74%)
1. Christopher S. Co
2. Pedro A. Ravanilla
ABONO (584,089 (2.59%)
1. Conrado M. Estrella III
OFW FAMILY 593,505 (2.63%)
1. Roy V. Señeres, Sr.
GABRIELA 597,978 (2.65%)
1. Luzviminda C. Ilagan
COOP-NATCCO 507,382 (2.25%)
1. Cresente C. Paez
AGAP 492,105 (2.18%)
1. Nicanor M. Briones
CIBAC 484,827 (2.15%)
1. Luis K. Lokin, Jr.
MAGDALO 451,501 (2%)
1. Gary C. Alejano
AN WARAY 407,570 (1.80%)
1. Neil Benedict A. Montejo
Party-lists A-Ipra, Abang Lingkod, Anad, Ang Galing Pinoy, Atong Paglaum, Senior Citizens, Smart, 1st Kabagis, Bantay, Cocofed, Binhi and Kap were earlier disqualified by the poll body after the Supreme Court (SC) ordered a review of the criteria in determining which groups qualify for the party-list system.
The names of the 12 party-lists were still included in the ballot, resulting in votes still being cast for them.
Brillantes said a party which sought reprieve from the SC will be considered disqualified if the high court fails to issue a halt order 5 days after it filed its appeal.
"Kung walang aksyon ang SC, tatapusin namin ang period within which the SC can issue a TRO (temporary restraining order), then we will consider them disqualified already. Kung 'di sila maglalabas, okay lang sa amin." Brillantes told reporters at the Comelec main office in Manila.
Brillantes said a recomputation may be done if the SC issues a halt order, but he said only the results in the last three of the 58 seats may be affected.
"Magkaka-konting komplikasyon. Kapag nagka-status quo [ante order], ma-apektuhan siguro ang dulo - iyung sinasabi kong 56, 57, 58 - baka iyun ang maapektuhan depende sa number of votes," he said.
"Pinag-aaralan na namin iyon. Mayroon kaming solusyon doon. Depende kung ilan ang SQA (status quo ante order), magkakaroon ng recomputation. After proclamation, magkakaroon ng re-adjustment. Kaya pwede naming i-hold ang 56, 57 at 58," he added.
Brillantes said he and the poll body's commissioners are currently debating the case of disqualified party-list group Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines (Senior Citizens), which garnered 552,724 (2.45% of votes) based on Comelec's official count as of 8:25 a.m. Friday.
"One of our biggest problems is one party-list got a very big number of votes - Senior Citizens. It got over half a million votes. There was an argument presented by their lawyer, saying this would disenfranchise over half a million voters," he told ANC.
Brillantes said a decision on whether to include Senior Citizens would affect the exact number of seats to be taken by the first 14 party-lists, as well as the standing of party-lists in the bottom of the 58.