Anakbayan says Comelec decision on Akbayan enforces new kinds of ‘political dynasty

ANAKBAYAN slammed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision to allow Aquino-backed party list Akbayan to run in the 2013 elections, saying it is the height of disservice to voters and marginalized sectors. They stormed Comelec to protest the decision while also citing Comelec’s hypocrisy in disallowing legitimate representatives of the marginalized: Courage and Kalikasan Partylist.

The COMELEC voted 4-2 in favor of Akbayan, despite the points raised in two disqualification cases filed by first, Anakbayan among other youth and labor groups, and second, by Fr. Jose Dizon of poll watchdog Kontra Daya, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, and Renato Reyes Jr. of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

“They might argue that like Bayan Muna, Akbayan has a track record of representing the marginalized. But the latter’s current privileged access to the Palace and close ties with Aquino’s family give them undue power already,” Anakbayan Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said.

“That differentiates Akbayan from other partylist groups who truly represent the voiceless. How can the likes of Ibarra Gutierrez, Etta Rosales, Ronald Llamas, among others, say they serve the interests of the masses when their closest ties have been to the most powerful man in the country?” he added.

One argument in the disqualification cases is the Supreme Court ruling in Bagong Bayani vs. COMELEC, which explicitly said that party lists must not be assisted by the government and its nominees must belong to the marginalized sector they represent.

The youth group reminded and emphasized once more Akbayan’s own disservice to the people.

“The fact that they received campaign funds from the Aquinos already contests their ingratiation to and independence from elite interests,” Crisostomo added.

“Allowing well-seated nominees who are far from marginalized, especially in their lifestyle, consequently lets another kind of political dynasty to form. That’s cheating the Filipino voters who have long been suffering from the leadership of traditional politicians, who are allied with the ruling power, who have forgotten to relate to the people and have succumbed to the system,” he said.

Anakbayan said they will continue to be vigilant of other moves of the Aquino administration to meddle in the affairs of the partylist system and to subvert the people’s will through various means. They also called on the youth and people to further expose and oppose Aquino’s anti-youth and anti-people policies.

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