MANILA – At least two party-list groups allied with President Rodrigo Duterte are set to get seats at the House of Representatives, based on the partial and unofficial results of the elections.
With 97.42 percent of the votes in, ACT-CIS or Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support had already secured 2,595,951 votes. This was 9.46 percent of all the votes cast.
The party-list's second nominee Jocelyn Tulfo is a sister-in-law of Duterte's special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo.
The Marino party-list group, which was backed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is also poised to make a debut at the House of Representatives after garnering 667,302 votes or 2.58 percent of the votes counted so far.
Marino’s first nominee is Carlo Lisandro Gonzalez, whose family owns contractor Ulticon Builders Inc. Reports also said its second nominee, Jose Antonio Lopez, works for Udenna Corp., which is owned by Davao-based tycoon Dennis Uy who maintains close ties with the President.
A party-list group which will secure at least 2 percent of the total votes in the party-list race will get at least one slot in the lower chamber during the first round of seat allocation. A party-list group can get up to as much as 3 seats.
Party-list representatives comprise 20 percent of the total members of the House of Representatives, or 59 seats in the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, other Duterte-identified party-list groups trailing in the race include Duterte Youth with 343,396 votes (1.25 percent), Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines Inc (ALONA) with 315,049 (1.15 percent), Dumper PTDA with 216,063 votes (0.79 percent), and AA-Kasosyo with 117,702 votes (0.43 percent).
Duterte Youth is backed by National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema. The group’s first nominee is Cardema’s wife, Ducielle Suarez, while its fifth nominee is another relative, Elizabeth Cardema.
ALONA's first nominee in the 2019 race is Eleanor Florido. Its representative in the current Congress is Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez, wife of Quezon Gov. David Suarez. President Duterte appeared in a TV endorsement for the group.
Dumper PTDA or the Drivers United for Mass Progress and Equal Rights - Philippines Taxi Drivers Association, is led by Claudine Diana Bautista, daughter of Davao Occidental Gov. Claude Bautista, one of the founders of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the Davao Region-based party formed by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
AA-Kasosyo, meanwhile, is backed by former Palace communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson.