Group urges Comelec to disqualify partylists of PNoy aunt

FARMERS group today joined the election watchdog group Kontra Daya in pushing the disqualification of  Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido Tinig ng Masa, party-list group of President Aquino’s aunt.

The Peasant Movement of the Philippines said former Tarlac governor Margarita “Ting-Ting” Cojuangco, Aquino’s aunt is the first nominee and former police general Quirino Dela Torre’s group Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction, Inc. (Araro), both of which claims to be a farmers’ party-list.

“Cojuangco and her group’s desperate attempt to join the party-list elections is a corruption and outright mockery of the party-list system,” said Willy Marbella, the group’s deputy secretary.

Marbella called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately deny the petition for registration of Cojuangco’s group warning that “an approval of the accreditation by the Comelec of Cojuangco’s group and her nomination will put the integrity of the 2013 elections in serious question.”

“A landlord claiming to represent farmers is an insult to the collective intelligence of the Filipino peasantry and the people. We reject the haciendero President’s aunt as farmers’ representative in Congress,” the peasant leader said.

“At the same time, Dela Torre’s entry to party-list system adds insult to the injury done by the Cojuangcos to the victims of the Hacienda Luisita massacre,” says Marbella noting that Dela Torre, Araro’s first nominee, is a retired police general who was the PNP Central Luzon region chief at the time of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre in 2004.

The Kontra Daya petition states that “Cojuangco was governor of Tarlac for 6 years, wife of Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, owners of Hacienda Luisita, a vast sugar estate which was recently ordered by the Supreme Court to be distributed to the farmers” and that “Cojuangco has no business representing farmers since she is a big landlord.”

On the other hand, the petition also said that, “Dela Torre clearly does not belong to the farmer sector. His interest, as proven by his track record is also adverse to the interest of the farmer sector which Araro claims to represent.”

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