Comelec proclaims 51 winning groups in 2019 party-list elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Wednesday, May 22, proclaimed 51 winners in the 2019 party-list elections.

Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) topped the race, gaining the maximum 3 seats allowed. 

Bayan Muna came in next, also gaining 3 seats.

Six other organizations gained two seats each, while the other 43 won one seat each.

Here is the complete list of winning party-list groups, according to their rank:

Winning groups will fill 61 seats allotted for party-list groups in the House of Representatives.

A total of 134 party-list groups ran in the 2019 midterm polls. Among those that failed to keep their seats in Congress are Akbayan and Makabayan bloc member Anakpawis.

With their exit comes the debut of other groups like ACT-CIS, Ang Probinsyano, and Duterte Youth, whose members are staunch supporters of the Duterte administration.

Duterte Youth aggressively joined the government's crackdown against the Left as it asked students to fight leftist groups and called on the administration to revoke state scholarships of "rebellious students." It vowed to push for the reimposition of the death penalty, which is backed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Despite government efforts to label them as communist fronts and players in a bid to oust Duterte, Makabayan bloc members Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan won in the party-list elections.

During the campaign period for the May polls, poll watchdogs continuously called out how nearly half of the party-list groups failed to represent the marginalized sector, which Republic Act No. 7941 or the Party-list System Act originally intended.

Throughout the years, the system has instead become a backdoor or shortcut to the House for those who cannot run in the district elections. – Rappler.com

Sofia Tomacruz

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