MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has released the final list of party-list groups eligible to run in the 2013 national election. The list contained a broad spectrum and scope when it comes to representations, with some sticking out than others due to the nature of their advocacy and demographic.
Among the 134 approved, 5 of them are backed and supported by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). They are:
Ecclesiastical Priests Against Legislation (1-EPAL)
- iStriktong Alyansa ng mga Paring Ayaw sa Condom-Use (iSAPAC-U)
- Pakialamerong Simbahan ng Pilipinas (PSP)
- Ayaw Ni God ng Homosexual At Ng Gay (ANGHANG)
- AAAmen – no description given
“The antis are gathering numbers so as to have enough votes to defeat the bill,” she said. “It wouldn’t take long for them to have a puppet as our country’s next president that will veto any bill that they view as evil,” added Clarette.
A group of women advocates criticized the insensitivity of some lawmakers as they continue to derail the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. The Democratic Socialist of the Philippines (DSWP), a national organization of women working in grassroots communities and at the forefront of the advocacy for the measure emphasized that the RH bill is long overdue. The DSWP asserts that thousands of women’s lives have been sacrificed resulting in countless orphaned children and families. (from DSWP)
“Of course not!” the Senator said. “We would be shooting our commercials for the 2013 elections because some candidates are already airing theirs,” referring to a wife of a Senator and a Senator who resigned last year amid poll controversy. “Ayaw naming malamangan kaming mga incumbent (We incumbents don’t want to be at a disadvantage),” quipped another.
- Alagad ng Trabahador at Yaya (ATAY)
- Alliance of Taho Traders (similar to LPGMA) (ATAT)
- Association of Waiters in Philippine Eateries (ASSWIPE)
- Aggrupation of Filipino Motorcycle Drivers Who Wear Their Helmets on Their Arms (AFMDWWTHTA)
- Advocates of Irresponsible Parents With Nightlife
- MERALCO – Manila Electric Company (similar to LPGMA s well)
- Alliance of Senior Citizens Against Violence on Senior Citizens in Airports (ie this)