Why did some progressive party-list groups perform poorly in midterm polls?

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Posted at May 29 2019 12:04 AM | Updated as of May 29 2019 04:09 AM

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Winning party-list group Bayan Muna believes left-leaning party-list groups would have received more votes had the midterm elections been conducted fairly.

Incoming Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite suspects progressive party-list groups might have lost votes amid alleged irregularities in the polls and the supposed "red-tagging" campaign of the military and the police against them.

"Ang pinaka-off na sinasabi, ay 'yung paggamit nga ng government, ng gobyerno mismo, ng kapangyarihan, ng kaniyang power, ng influence, ng government time, and even ng AFP and PNP, to campaign against the progressive party-lists," he said.

"Yan pa lamang, pandaraya na 'yan eh. We don't have fair elections because it biased against us," Gaite added.

Despite the poor performance of other party-list groups, Bayan Muna garnered four percent of the total party-list votes, enough to rank second in the polls.

For Gaite, this shows people from different sectors still believe they can be represented well by Bayan Muna.

"We don't have resources. We don't have funds. Most of them, talagang tingi-tingi na tulong at suporta. Kaya kahit 'yung materials namin, talagang kulang na kulang. But despite that, I think our advantage, may ground troops kami. Meaning, we have mass organizations, government employees, the trade unions, migrants and others, talagang nakita nila, to have a voice in Congress, Bayan Muna ang kanilang sinuportahan," he explained.