Green group to Comelec: Don’t disqualify genuine partylists

LEADERS and supporters of a Filipino green political party today joined other progressive party-lists in a picket in front of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, calling on the poll body to accredit and allow genuine party-lists and political parties such as Kalikasan to participate in the 2013 elections.

“We laud the Comelec’s move to purge the existing list of party-lists being backed by the government and the wealthy elite. But we caution it against becoming an unwitting tool for denying genuine people’s representation in Congress,” the group said in a statement.

Kalikasan Party-list is a pro-people, pro-Filipino and pro-environment multi-sectoral party composed of individuals from the marginalized and underrepresented communities and sectors. It recognizes that environmental problems affect all sectors in society, especially the marginalized.

Earlier this September, Kalikasan was disqualified by the Comelec’s Division II from participating in the 2013 elections, apparently for representing all the marginalized sectors.  Kalikasan has since then filed a Motion for Reconsideration “to protest this unjust and uncalled for move,” said Kalikasan Party-list National President Clemente Bautista, Jr..

Being at the forefront of many major environmental campaigns and actions around the nation and representing the poor and marginalized communities affected by climate change and other environmental problems, Kalikasan Party-list asserts its rightful accreditation and recognition to participate in the party-list elections as guaranteed by the partylist law RA 7941.

Kalikasan called on the Comelec to reconsider its disqualification as well as affirm the accreditation of progressive party-lists who have consistently represented the marginalized through their track record and leadership, such as Bayan Muna and Anakpawis. Leaders and members of Kalikasan’s Manila, Makati, Quezon City and Pasig chapters as well as its national officers were present at the picket.

“The party-list system offers the possibility of giving genuine representatives of the marginalized and underrepresented sectors in Philippine society a voice within the House of Representatives.  However, this space is now being hijacked and taken over as well by the same allies of the elite few who have long dominated Philippine politics. We call on the COMELEC to prevent this from further happening,” Bautista asserted.

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