13 Party-lists figure in survey | The Manila Bulletin News Online

13 Party-lists figure in survey | The Manila Bulletin News Online.

By Ellalyn B. De Vera
Published: April 16, 2013

Manila, Philippines — Thirteen party-list groups are likely to gain at least one party-list seat in the House of Representatives, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

In a nationwide survey conducted last March 15 to 17 with 1,200 registered voters, 11 party-list groups are poised to occupy at least one slot in the House of Representatives.

The survey result was first published in the BusinessWorld yesterday.

Bayan Muna who was chosen by at least 8.68 percent of those surveyed and Gabriela Women’s Party, who got 5.55 percent, could each get the maximum of three seats in the House.

Groups that could get two seats each were Akbayan Citizen’s Action (3.71 percent), OFW Family Club, Inc. (3.6 percent); Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. (3.52 percent), Advocacy For Teacher Empowerment Through Action Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms (3.45 percent), Magdalo Para sa Pilipino (2.83 percent), Abono (2.6 percent), An Waray (2.49 percent), and Anakpawis (2.45 percent).

Party-list groups that could get one seat each were Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino (2.2 percent), Abante Mindanao, Inc. (2.14 percent), and Kabataan (2.03 percent).

The names in the SWS-BW survey were based on the official Commission on Elections (Comelec) list of 136 party-list groups.

Based on the Republic Act 7941, the Party-List Act of 1995, 20 percent of the House of Representatives must be made up of members from “marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations, and parties, and who lack well-defined political constituencies.”
However, a Supreme Court ruling last April 5 would allow political parties and groups not representing marginalized and unrepresented sectors to participate in party-list elections.

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