COMELEC proclaims 51 winning PLs

TOP THREE. ACT-CIS, Bayan Muna, and AKO Bicol got the highest number of votes in the 2019 Midterm Elections. Of the three, only one PL—AKO Bicol—did not get the maximum three seat allocation to PLs.

TOP THREE. ACT-CIS, Bayan Muna, and AKO Bicol got the highest number of votes in the 2019 Midterm Elections, according to the votes canvassed by COMELEC. Of the three, only one PL—AKO Bicol—did not get the maximum three seat allocation to PLs.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, has proclaimed a total of 51 party-list (PL) candidates as winners in the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections, May 22.

These PLs will occupy 61 seats in the House of Representatives for the 18th Congress, consistent with the constitutional provision that seats reserved for PLs must be equal to 20% of the total number of seats in the Lower House. There are 245 legislative districts, of which seven are new.

ACT-CIS or Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support, whose second nominee is the wife of Raffy Tulfo, has topped the PL race based on the complete and official tally from COMELEC. It has secured the maximum of three seats in Congress. Bayan Muna, which follows ACT-CIS in the canvassed votes, has also secured three seats. Two seats have been won by AKO Bicol, Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC), Ang Probinsyano, 1PACMAN, Marino, and Probinsyano Ako.

Completing the list are Senior Citizens, Magsasaka, Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC), Gabriela, An Waray, Cooperative Natcco Network (COOP-NATCCO), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT Teachers), Philippine Rural Electronic Cooperatives Association (PHILRECA), Ako Bisaya, Tingog Sinirangan, Abono, Buhay, Duterte Youth, Kalinga, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA), Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines (ALONA), Rural Electronic Consumers and Beneficiaries of Development and Advancement (RECOBODA), Bagong Henerasyon (BH), Bahay, Construction Workers’ Solidarity (CWS), Abang Lingkod, A Teacher, Barangay Health Wellness (BHW), Sagip, Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP), Magdalo, Galing sa Puso Party (GP), Manila Teachers, Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM), Anakalusugan, Ako Padayon, AAMBIS-OWA, Kusug Tausug, Dumper Philippines Taxi Drivers Association (Dumper-PTDA), Talino at Galing ng Pilipino (TGP), Public Safety Alliance for Transformation and Rule of Law (PATROL), Anak Mindanao (AMIN), Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP), LPG Marketers’ Association (LPGMA), OFW Family, Kabayan, Diwa, and Kabataan.

The 2009 decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in BANAT vs. COMELEC struck down the 2% threshold set in the Party-List System Act in the second round allocation of additional seats as it is said to be unconstitutional. The decision reads, “the two percent threshold makes it mathematically impossible to achieve the maximum number of available party list seats when the number of available party list seats exceeds 50.”

In 2013, the SC, in its Atong Paglaum vs. COMELEC decision, granted the consolidated petitions of PLs which were earlier disqualified by COMELEC due to being non-sectoral and for having nominees that were not a member of the sectors they sought to represent.

Earlier, DZUP Balita published an article which based its computation on figures as of May 21, 2:45 pm. The said article stated that 50 PLs were poised to get the 61 seats in Congress. DZUP has requested the final and official tally of the PL race from COMELEC.