Anakpawis partylist genuine representative of marginalized sectors
ANAKPAWIS Partylist members trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) today to assert its legitimacy as a party-list of marginalized sectors.
“We support the ongoing campaign of legitimate and genuine party list organizations, social justice associations, election watchdogs and concerned citizen groups in the fight against bogus party lists. The grassroots campaign and public efforts to frustrate the sinister agenda and vain attempt of interest groups to circumvent the party list law in the name of their own narrow objectives is indeed a major concern,” said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.
“We welcome the recent undertaking of Comelec specifically on the exercise of its political will and constitutional duty to weed out party list groups identified with or created by the rich and powerful, influential politicians and reigning political dynasties all over the country but we do not see any just and moral reason for Comelec to even think about the disqualification of Anakpawis Partylist and Bayan Muna Partylist.”
“Our mandate, track record and performance since 2004 will speak for our party-list. Anakpawis is a genuine national party-list organization representing workers, farmers, fisherfolks and urban poor in Congress,” Mariano said.
Mariano, a third-term representative in Congress, led a contingent of Anakpawis leaders who presented a letter of grave concern for Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes on recent pronouncements by the Comelec chair regarding possible disqualification of partylists that represent many sectors.
“We know that there is a strong pressure from Malacanang to eliminate critics of the government. Since Anakpawis’ founding in 2003, we have faced illegal persecution, fabricated cases against our leaders, summary execution and judicial killings of our coordinators, members and supporters. Now, the flaws of the party-list law is being used against us,” Mariano said.
“Workers, farmers and urban poor remain under represented in Congress that is still dominated by rich landlords, capitalists and bureacrats.
“We will remain vigilant and we will assert our legitimacy as a partylist organization of the marginalized,” Mariano said.