Pialago chance for Philippines' Congress 'passes away'

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Former MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago. (Photo: Asec Celine Pialago/Facebook)
Former MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago. (Photo: Asec Celine Pialago/Facebook)

Former Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago’s bid to Congress was shot down Tuesday (January 11) after her party-list Malasakit Movement Inc. was rejected by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) for registration.

This is in light of the Commission resolving the party-list’s pending incident.

“The OCOC (Office of the Clerk of the Commission) hereby notifies that party-list registrant MALASAKIT MOVEMENT, INC. (MALASAKIT MOVEMENT) has been excluded in the final listing of party-list candidates to appear in the ballot in connection with the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections in view of the resolution of its pending incident,” the notice reads.

Pialago’s party-list was one of 13 permitted by the Commission to be included in the raffle for ballot numbers last December 14, 2021. Malasakit Movement initially secured #96.

The party-list supposedly sought to improve the welfare barangay officials and health workers, but Pialogo wanted to speak for the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in the House of Representatives as well.

She issued a response on the COMELEC’s decision through a Facebook post.

May mga legal na paraan pa po para makalaban sa darating na 2022 elections. Hahayaan ko na po ang aming legal team sa bagay na yan. Kapag mabuti ang hangarin, kapag tama ang pinaglalaban, lalaban. Lalaban po kami dahil hindi po ugali ng team 96 ang sumuko (There are legal ways to fight in the upcoming 2022 elections. I will allow our legal team to work on that. We will continue the good fight. We will fight because it is not in the team 96 mindset to give up),” she said.

In her “good fight”, she associated the Makabayan Bloc with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in June 2020 without basis.

“We all know their intentions. How more young people will have their future shattered?” she said.

Pialago says that she continues to do public service despite what she perceives as a “demolition job.”

Sa kabila ng mga pang gigiba, tuloy lang po kami, sa katunayan, andito po kami ngayon sa Cebu namimigay ng tulong sa mga biktima ng Bagyong Odette (Amid the demolition job, we continue fighting, truthfully, we are here in Cebu giving aid to the victims of Typhoon Odette),” she said.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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