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Reject Bogus 2010 Election Party-List Groups

Shady characters will just never give up trying to sneak their way into the back door of pork barrel bonanza in the house of ill refute errr congress. We must not let these shameless characters make a mockery and sabotage the party-list system at the expense of the marginalized people.

Help expose and oppose bogus party-list provided by Rina Jimenez-David of Philippine Daily Inquirer below:

Reject these party-list groups

IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO know, I received this e-mail message from a reliable source warning against certain party-list groups whose officials or nominees have links to the Arroyo family or administration, or whose origins and vaunted principles are dubious if not outright deceptive. Keep them in mind, if only to remember which party-list groups not to vote for.

1-UtakAngelo Reyes is supposed to represent the transport sector but he was the drivers’ nemesis when he headed the Department of Energy.

1st Kabagis—An Ilocano party-list group that claims to advocate for “widening the segments of economic development.” Jose Singson Jr., brother of Deputy National Security Adviser Chavit Singson, is its second nominee.

Aangat Tayo (AT)—Its president is Teddie Elson Rivera who is a PITC vice president. PITC is a government-owned international trading company and was designated as the key agency in the implementation of GMA’s “10-point legacy.”

Abono Party-list—claims to represent the agricultural sector. Its first two nominees are Robert Raymund Estrella and Francisco Ortega III, both hailing from prominent political clans allied with the administration. Its third nominee is Jacky Rowena Lomibao, wife of former PNP chief Arturo Lomibao.

ABOT Tanaw—Its first nominee is Gerwyn See, son-in-law of Pagcor chair Efraim Genuino (see BIDA). Second nominee is Mario Cornista, chair of the board of directors of BIDA.

Ahon Pinoy—This is backed by Dante Ang Sr. (appointed by GMA as chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and CEO of Manila Times) and its nominee is his son, Dante Ang Jr.

Akbay Pinoy—This group is member of Sigaw ng Bayan, which was accused by Makati residents of manufacturing signatures for the GMA administration’ s People’s Initiative.

Alliance of People’s Organizations (APO)—Its first nominee is Arroyo ally and former Ilocos Rep. Salacnib Baterina.

Anak Mindanao—This was suspected to be a part of the “dagdag-bawas” operations in previous elections, when it was discovered that some precincts had more votes for party-list groups than the actual number of votes cast. Anak Mindanao was among those that received the highest number of votes.

Ang Galing Pinoy—Supposed to represent security guards, tricycle drivers and vendors but its first nominee is Mikey Arroyo, with former Pampanga Mayors League President Dennis Pineda as second nominee godson of Gloria Arroyo and son of allege Jueteng Lord Bong Pineda and former Pampanga Provincial Board member now Governor courtesy of the Comelec Lilia Pineda.

Ang Kasangga—The group claims to represent micro-entrepreneurs. Its current representative is the First Gentleman’s sister Marilou Arroyo who withdrew her nomination, which only means some other Arroyo crony will replace her. Other nominees are Teodoro Haresco (PNOC board member) and Eugenio Lacson, both of whom are multimillionaires with links to the Arroyo administration.

APOI—Its first nominee is Maj. Gen. Melchor Rosales, administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and also a DILG undersecretary.

ASSOCIATION of Labor and Employees (ALE)—Supposed to represent workers, but its first nominee is Arroyo ally and Pampanga provincial board member Catalina Bagasin who owns a cargo forwarding company and its second nominee is Erlinda de Leon, GMA’s first cousin who served as special assistant to the President.

Babae Ka!—This has too many ties to GMA. It was also a member of Melchora (Malayang Babae para sa Cha Cha at Reporma).

BANTAY True Marcos Loyalists—This group claims to represent security guards and barangay tanods but is led by Marcos supporter, Cherry Cobarrubias. Current representative is Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan, who has been accused of orchestrating numerous cases of extra-judicial killings during GMA’s reign and is now running for senator, while its nominee is his wife Evangeline.

Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA)—A “brainchild” of Efraim Genuino, chair of Pagcor, its nominees include his daughter Sheryl Genuino-See and Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio.

BIYAHENG PINOY—An association of tricycle operators run by Arsenio Abalos, brother of former Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos.

Buhay—Its nominees are father and son Mike and Rene Velarde who supported GMA in the last elections.

Butil—One of the winners in the last elections whose representative, Benjamin Cruz, co-authored House Bill 3339 which, if passed, would impoverish the sector it claims to represents: the farmers.

KABAYAN—This group claims to represent transport sector workers, farmers and fisherfolk, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, anticrime crusaders and overseas Filipino workers, among others. Its nominees include Ron Salo, former subordinate of ex-Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.

KAKUSA—Its chairman emeritus is Romeo Jalosjos.

PACYAW—The group claims to represent urban poor youth and has tourism Assistant Secretary Janet Rita Lazatin (member of Lakas-CMD from Pampanga) and former Los Angeles consul Reynaldo Pineda (based in Pampanga) as nominees.

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