MANILA, Philippines – In the May 13, 2019, midterm elections, voters will choose only one party-list group among the 134 organizations vying for 59 seats in the House of Representatives.
After the polls, winning groups send one to 3 nominees to the House, based on the total votes they received.
While many nominees are indeed from marginalized and underrepresented sectors, some powerful politicians and members of political dynasties are attempting to take a shortcut to Congress through the party-list system.
Therefore, it is important to get to know the party lists better.
The organizations' advocacies range from helping poor families to promoting workers' welfare, and from aiding the elderly to empowering the youth.
This is Rappler's own categorization of the 134 party-list organizations in the 2019 elections. We list first the national, regional, and local political parties, based on a list by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as of July 2018.
The rest are grouped based on their declared advocacies and agenda in documents, news reports, and official social media accounts or websites, as well as the groups' composition or membership.
The list below is arranged by category, then by the order of the groups' appearance on the ballot.
We will update this article as soon as further information from Comelec comes in.
Michael Bueza is a researcher and data curator under Rappler's Research Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.