PPCRV Seeks Review of Party-Lists with Bogus Nominees

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

MANILA, March 24, 2010- The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting is calling for a review of party-list groups accredited by the poll body, especially those with questionable nominees.

PPCRV chairperson Henrietta de Villa said that some organizations have been accredited by the Commission on Elections despite questions on their qualifications as legitimate party-list groups.

"This calls for a review because there are so many nominees that are not marginalized," said de Villa.

The risk with these fake organizations, she said, is not only it elbows out truly marginalized sectors but it serves as the backdoor entry for traditional politicians in the party-list system.

"You know the kind of politics we have... it's very complicated," she said.

The poll watchdog earlier warned the public against voting fake organizations from the ranks of the party-list system.

"Party-list now has deviated from the intention of the law spirit of the law," de Villa said. "...so the real marginalized (groups) loses a chance to win." (CBCPNews)