More groups call for disqualification of Palace-backed party-lists

YOUTH Anakbayan welcomed the statement of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) calling for the disqualification of Palace-backed party-lists in the 2013 polls.

In an interview with Radio Veritas, PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta de Villa said the likes of Akbayan and the Black and White Movement are not so-called marginalized groups that have the right to join the elections.

“Hindi naman sila marginalized. Marginalized ba sila eh may posisyon ang mga lider nila sa pamahalaan? Nandun na sila sa kalapit-lapit na power tapos sasabihin mong marginalized ka at unrepresented ka? Unrepresented voice of the marginalized? Kahit hindi naman marunong mag-isip, kaagad-agad ay makikita yun,” she said.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz in his blog also assailed palace-backed partylists for being “epal, bopal and kapal.”

UP Student Regent Cleve Arguelles also said it was his duty as student regent to support the disqualification of Akbayan because Akbayan supported Aquino’s budget cuts on UP and state universities.

“Akbayan cannot get away with red-tagging, illogical retorts and cheap antics. They should stop claiming they are oppressed, marginalized and underrepresented,” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chair of Anakbayan.

Various groups previously filed a letter to Comelec calling for the disqualification of Akbayan party-list saying the group is “well-entrenched” in government and that its nominees hold appointive positions.

Among Akbayan members in government are

– Ronald Llamas, former AKBAYAN president, now presidential political affairs adviser
– Etta Rosales, former AKBAYAN president and representative, is now Commission on Human Rights chief
– Joel Rocamora, former AKBAYAN president and ideologue, now head of National Anti-Poverty Commission
– Percival Cendena, former AKBAYAN chairperson, is National Youth Commission commissioner-at-large
– Mario Aguho, GSIS board member

AKBAYAN nominees for 2013 also hold appointive positions:

– Barry Gutierrez, 2nd nominee is Malacanang’s undersecretary for political affairs
– Angelina Ludovice-Katoh, 3rd nominee is a Commissioner in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor

Crisostomo also slammed Akbayan party-list represenatative Walden Bello’s statement saying critics are only “envious” of Akbayan.

“They are the new ‘Ang Galing Pinoy.’ Their being Palace toadies have reached pathetic levels and cannot possibly be something anyone would be envious of. In any case, it is not only Anakbayan calling for Akbayan DQ, but also PPCRV. So unfortunately for Bello, his tantrums did not work,” said Crisostomo.

Crisostomo called on Comelec not to give palace-backed party-lists “special treatment.”

“We cannot fathom how Comelec can see nothing scandalous with Malacanang appointees running for party-list. The party-list law clearly prohibits government funded entities and groups with non-marginalized leaders and nominees from joining,” he said.

Crisostomo said he fears that the “influence of Malacanang in the poll body has become too strong that they are turning a blind eye to the fact the president’s KKK allies are making a mockery of the system.”

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