By JONAS ALPASAN
MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) retracted its earlier statement that it would not include party-list groups facing disqualification cases from being proclaimed today, March 26.
Last year, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict filed disqualification cases against Kabataan Partylist and Gabriela Women’s Party. This amid the rampant red-tagging that the government’s counterinsurgency arm has been doing.
“They are desperate because they fear critical, proactive, and brave youth leaders in power who can threaten their corrupt interests. Their budget for senseless redtagging is put in danger of being rechanneled to relevant programs and social services for the people if Kabataan Partylist is present in Congress,” a unity statement signed by over a hundred youth organizations read.
The government’s counterinsurgency arm, the unity statement added, is not only attacking the Filipino youth but also the integrity of the elections and the nation itself.
Progressive party-lists held a social media rally yesterday amid initial Comelec pronouncements that they would not be included in the proclamation of winners.
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Only three progressive party-lists made it to this year’s winning seats. In an earlier Bulatlat report, initial canvassing revealed that the party-list system remains a backdoor for political clans.
In a statement, progressive ACT Teachers Party-List said that, along with Kabataan and Gabriela Women’s Party, it will continue to be voices of “dissent in a chamber that will most likely be a rubber stamp of the incoming administration.”