By Mikha Flores, VERA Files
The Commission on Elections proclaimed on Friday 14 winning party-lists that are assured of at least one seat in the 16th Congress after obtaining two percent of the total votes cast for all party-lists in the May 13 elections.
The 14 party-lists are:
- Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (BUHAY)
- Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (A TEACHER)
- Bayan Muna
- 1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy, Inc.(1 CARE)
- Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party (AKBAYAN)
- Ako Bicol (AKB)
- OFW Family Club
10. Cooperative Natcco Network Party (COOP NATCCO)
11. Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP)
12. Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC)
13. Magdalo Para sa Pilipino (MAGDALO)
14. An Waray
The 14 are among 110 party-lists vying for 58 congressional seats.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the groups that will take the 44 remaining seats will be named on Monday. “Meron na kaming computation. So by Monday matatapos na siguro namin (We already have a computation. We could probably finish it by Monday).”
The 14 leading party-lists are guaranteed a seat after they won two percent of the total votes cast for the party-list system. They can still get more seats, along with those that earned less than two percent but how the remaining unfilled seats will be distributed will be resolved by Comelec based on a formula penned by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio. Party-lists are allowed a maximum of three seats.
The BUHAY party-list founded by El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde, Bayan Muna, Akbayan, Cibac and eight others that have been proclaimed have sitting nominees in the current Congress. They have been consistently elected in Congress since the first party-list elections in 1998.
Magdalo, a group promoting the interests of retired soldiers, and OFW Club are the newcomers in the 16th Congress.
(VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true”.)