By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance or Bayan) in its website said that around 12 representatives from suspected government backed partylists are expected to be allies of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when she assumes congressional seat.
According to Bayan, Arroyo is to be backed by the said 12 representatives once she will be seated as representative of Pampanga in the house of Congress. Bayan said the law requires the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to have the reserved seats for the partylit system be filled up.
Bayan Secretary General Renato M. Reyes Jr. said the campaign against pro-Arroyo partylists groups somehow lessened the effectiveness of some of these groups. Reyes added that they will get however 12 seats that will be aligned with Arroyo based on their track record and previous affilliations.
The militant group said that included in the partylists expected to be friendly with Arroyo is Ako Bikol who is accused of having connections with favored Arroyo contractor Zaldy Co, who also hails from the same region. Ako Bikol is likely to get the maximum 3 seats. Other partylits also allied with the Arroyo administration like Abono whose representatives are from prominent families in the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union is assured of having at least one to two seats.
Othet partylist groups like You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP), Ang Galing Pinoy of Mikey Arroyo, Kasangga sa Kaunlaran of presidential appointee Teodorico Haresco and anti-communist group ANAD are likely to get one seat each.
Meanwhile, the Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta whose one of the nominees, Miles Roces is the son-in-law of Arroyo ally Lito Atienza and the Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano which was cited in a Malacañang memo as an administration partylist may have one seat each.
Another Arroyo ally if the party-list 1-Utak will have one seat in Congress is Angelo Reyes.
Reyes laments that Arroyo can attempt to form her own block in the partylist system given the presence of her son Mikey, and her other allies. Reyes said that this only shows how the partylist system has deteriorated thanks to the incompetence and connivance of the Comelec with certain vested interests. “Even the disqualification petitions we filed with Comelec are being dismissed one by one,” Reyes added.
“As we have said before, the partylist system will be used by Arroyo to gain more allies in the Lower House and to get more leverage against those who will be trying to go after her when her term ends. Comelec should also be made accountable for the mess that has befallen the partylist system,” concluded Reyes. # nordis.net