ImagePress Statement

April 19, 2013

Prompted by the recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) in response to the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) position as to who are qualified to join in the Partylist System elections, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Eastern Visayas (Bayan-EV) Secretary General Jun Berino expressed their groups criticism of the so-called anti-poor ruling.

Foremost, Bayan-EV recognizes the limited medium of the poor and marginalized to participate directly in the formulation of policies and laws through the Partylist System, which has developed to be more difficult at present after the SC ruling.

Such difficulty arises from the deprivation and dismissal of the provision itself in the Partylist Law including the previous decision of the Supreme Court that the Partylist System (which has an allocated portion of 20% seats in Congress) is reserved for the poor and marginalized sectors of the society under the impetus of social justice.

Given the reality when the rich and powerful politicians utilize the Partylist system for their ends, Berino avers it is very wrong to exploit it as ‘easy tool’ and cheaper medium to clinch Congress seats especially those coming from rich and powerful political groups who are able to vie in regular elections in congressional districts.

Berino adds that based on previous experiences, abuse of the Partylist system is already seen in allowing those unfit to join such as the Partylist of former President Gloria Arroyo’s son who became a ‘representative’ of the underrepresented security guards.

In Eastern Visayas, Bayan-EV questioned the An Waray Partylist because it is seen as questionable to genuinely represent the poor. Its nominees in Congress are millionaires and not coming from their ranks that led to minimal legislation favoring the poor and sectors it is supposed to represent.

However, given the clearance provided by the Supreme Court, it is already permitted and legal to exploit the Partylist law for billionaires such as those big landlords, the supporters & financiers, for example, of President Noynoy Aquino and big businessmen & lackeys of foreign corporations like those operating in mining corporations. Meanwhile, the Partylist race even allows traditional politicians to join in.

Bayan-EV further expresses frustration over the essential dissolution of the opportunity for the poor in Congress and in that light, the impoverished sectors of the society face further entrenchment in poverty and marginalization in terms of lawmaking. More so because of such decision, the rich and powerful enjoys the exploit of the Partylist law to create and implement policies through Congress while the underrepresented sectors is being pushed further behind the corner by the SC ruling.

Bayan-EV also points towards intensified backing behind laws favoring the rich and powerful while the people’s opportunity to oppose and rectify any policy conflicting with the people’s interest is diminished. The chances of the people to legislate pro-poor laws is further reduced as in the case of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) still pending in Congress which is supposed to liberate the majority of peasants from the clutches of historical social injustice and inequality.

After all, at present when the legal political field becomes more diluted and in conflict with the people’s interest viewed in the context of the Partylist system, Bayan-EV describes the developing situation as rather inviting for the poor and marginalized to participate in armed resistance and struggle.

Amidst the pro-rich sequential decisions of the SC, Bayan-EV declares it will pursue the more reliable and tested way of achieving social reforms by means of galvanizing the people’s unity through arousing, organizing and mobilizing for their interest within and beyond the bounds of street parliament.



Kabataan Partylist members in Tacloban stage rally near Comelec 8 Office to protest the continuing harassment vs progressives amid SC ruling favoring entry of rich, powerful PLs
Kabataan Partylist members in Tacloban stage rally near Comelec 8 Office to protest the continuing harassment vs progressives amid SC ruling favoring entry of rich, powerful PLs

Abril 19, 2013
Pahayag ha Midya

Mahitungod han bag-o nga desisyon han Korte Suprema hiunong han kanan Commission on Elections (COMELEC) posisyon kun hin-o an poyde umapi ha Partylist System, nagpahayag hi Jun Berino, Secretary General han Bayan Sinirangan Bisayas (Bayan-SB) han masunod nga punto:

Una, mayda haligot nga purtahan han mga kablas ngan mardyinalisado para direkta makagpartisipar paghimo hin mga palisiya ngan balaud pinaagi han Sistema nga Partylist nga yana mas nagin makuri na mahigamitan han mga kablas.

An pagpakuri ginhimo pamaagi han paghikaw o pagbalewara han probisyon mismo ha Partylist ngan han nauna nga desisyon han Korte Suprema nga 1) an Sistema nga Partylist (nga may pag-alotaga hin 20% nga lingkuran ha Kongreso) in reserbado la ha mga kablas ngan mardyinalisado;

Tungod han posibilidad nga gamiton han mga riko ngan poderoso nga pulitiko an Partylist, nagmalatumat hi Berino han Bayan-SB nga diri ini angay gamiton para mag-shortcut o makamenos ha gastos ka-Congressman an hin-o la nga rikuhanun ngan tradisyunal nga pulitiko nga may kapas man kunta umapi ha regular nga eleksyon para magin tinaglawas han congressional districts.

Dugang pa ni Berino nga ha aton nag-agi nga eksperyensya, an pag-abusar han Sistema nga Partylist aada han pagpalusot han mga diri angay umapi dinhi sugad pananglitan han Partylist han anak ni anay Presidente Gloria Arroyo nga nagin magbaralaud nga ‘nagrepresentar’ kuno han kablas nga mga security guards.

Ha mas harani ha aton, ginkwestyon han Bayan an An Waray Partylist tungod han iya kaangayan magrepresentar ha mga kablas tungod kay an iya mga nominado ha Kongreso mga milyunaryo ngan diri mga kablas, dugangan pa han ira nagin minimal nga paghimo hin mga balaudnon nga pabor ha mga kablas ngan sektor nga angay kunta hini gintataglawasan (http://www.philstar.com/election-2013/2013/04/12/929907/11-party-list-solons-failed-represent-their-sectors-study).

Pero tungod hini nga desisyon han Korte Suprema, poyde na yana dumalagan ha Partylist bisan adton mga bilyunaryo sugad han mga dagko nga agaron maytuna, mga tagsuporta ngan taga-pondo ni Presidente Noynoy Aquino, dagko nga mga negosyante, mga tawuan han mga langyaw nga korporasyon sugad han mga mining corporation.

Bisan an mga tradisyunal nga mga pulitiko poyde liwat dumalagan ha Partylist. Pahayag pa han Bayan-SB nga waray na an gin-ngangaranan nga ‘reserbado’ nga purtahan para ha mga kablas ha Kongreso. An kablas madugang pagka-kablas ngan mardyinalisado ha iristoryahon han pagbabalaud.

Mahitungod hini, an riko ngan poderoso magtitika-riko ngan mas poderoso pamaagi han mga balaud ngan palisiya nga ginhimo han Kongreso kun diin daan na maluya an representasyon han mga kablas nga yana dugang pa ginpaluya tungod han bag-o nga desisyon han Korte Suprema.

Dugang pa nga mga punto han Bayan-SB nga mas madugang an kapas han pag-ligalisa han mga gios nga pabor ha mga riko ngan poderoso; mamenos hin ura-ura an kapas han kablas mag-korehir han palisiya ug balaud nga diri pabor ha kadam-an labi na ha ordinaryo nga mga mulupyo; mamenos an kapas han mga kablas makapaghimo hin balaudnon o palisiya pagtalwas ha ira ha kakablasan sugad han pagsabalaud han Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) ngan mas madugang an diri pagkapatas han oportunidad ha pagpakabuhi.

Hini nga sitwasyon nga mas naghaligot pa an ligal nga pulitikal nga purtahan para pagpa-ursa ha kakablasan pinaagi han Sistema nga Partylist ha Kongreso, nagmalatumat an Bayan-SB nga may posibilidad nga mas magigin makaaraghat an iligal nga pulitikal nga purtahan han armado nga pakigbisog han mga kablas ngan mardyinalisado.

Ha luyo han sunud-sunod nga mga desisyon han Korte Suprema nga mas nagin pagpabor ha interes han mga riko ngan poderoso, nagpahayag an Bayan-SB nga magpapadayon ini ha mas kasasarigan nga pagbug-os han pagkaurusa han katawhan pinaagi han pagpukaw, pag-organisa ngan pagpagios ha parlamento ha kakalsadahan.