MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—Administration-backed ACT-CIS and left-leaning Bayan Muna were the only party-list groups to get 3 seats each at the House of Representatives in the midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday as it proclaimed the winners in the party-list race.
Fifty-one party-list groups out of 134 who joined the party-list elections secired at least 1 seat in the upcoming 18th Congress.
ACT-CIS, or Anti-Crime and Terrorism Through Community Involvement and Support, will see all its 3 nominees Eric Yap, Jocelyn Tulfo, and Rowena Niña Taduran elevated to the House of Representatives. Jocelyn is the wife of broadcaster Raffy Tulfo.
Bayan Muna will be represented by Carlos Isagani Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eufemia Cullamat.
A party-list group is entitled to a maximum of 3 seats.
AKO Bicol, Cibac or the Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (Cibac), Ang Probinsyano, 1PACMAN or One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals, Marino, and Probinsyano Ako, meanwhile, will get 2 seats each.
Militant youth group Kabataan and pro-Duterte administration group Duterte Youth also made the cut, getting a seat each.
These two groups have been trading barbs since the campaign period, as Kabataan criticized former National Youth Commission chairperson Ronald Cardema’s bid to become party-list group Duterte Youth’s first nominee through substitution. The poll body has yet to resolve Cardema’s petition at the time this story was posted.
Meanwhile, as Duterte-backed party-list groups got in the winners’ circle, party-list race old-timers such as Akbayan and Anakpawis failed to get House seats.
Anakpawis is a member of the 5-group left-leaning Makabayan bloc, which traditionally opposes government policies. Akbayan, meanwhile, was once represented by opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
During the campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio lobbied for various party-list groups from Mindanao, such as Marino and Dumper PTDA.
Duterte-Carpio, Cardema and military hardliners campaigned heavily against left-wing parties, forcing the latter to file an “electioneering” complaint at the Comelec.
A party-list group that gets at least 2 percent of the total number of votes cast in the party-list race is entitled to 1 seat in the House of Representatives.
These groups can still get up to 2 more seats based on a second-round formula.
If seats are still available, these will be distributed to the rest of the groups based on ranking in order to fill up 20 percent of the membership of the House.
There are 61 seats allotted for party-list groups.
Here is the full list of the winners in the party-list race:
Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC)
Barangay Health Wellness
Construction Workers Solidarity
Galing sa Puso Party
Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association (Philreca)
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA)
Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa
Rural Electric Consumers and Beneficiaries of Development and Advancement Inc. (Recoboda)
Talino at Galing ng Pinoy
Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP)