Thursday, May 13, 2010

Velarde keeps party-list hopes alive

by Joel Zurbano

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Five groups including Buhay of El Shaddai Movement’s Bro. Mariano “Mike” Velarde and the all-female Gabriela have the upperhand in the race for party-list seats in the House of Representatives.

Buhay, which topped the party-list polls in 2007 and clinched three House seats, came second to Ako Bikol Political Party. Ako Bikol, an obscure group, gave the following as its nominees Christopher S. Co, Rodel M. Batocabe, Alfredo a. Garbin, Ronald S. Ang, and Carlo Paolo M. Pangilinan.

Among the nominees of Buhay are Velarde’s son Michael, Solar Entertainment’s big boss William Irwin C. Tieng, businessman Ignacio B. Gimenez and Bulacan Rep. Wilfrido Buyson Villarama.

Completing the top five are Abono and the Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens.

Abono’s nominees are Robert Raymund Estrella, Francisco Emmanuel Ortega, Jacky Rowena Lomibao, Ronald Allan So and Ponciano Onia.

Three of the nominees of the Senior Citizens group are incumbent Rep. Godofredo Arquiza, David Kho and Francisco Datol Jr.

Gabriela Women’s Party has Luzviminda Ilagan, Emerencia de Jesus and Shiela Ferrer.

The leftist Akbayan has incumbent Rep. Walden Bello, Arlene Bag-Ao and Tomasito Villarin.

A total of 187 organizations have submitted their nominees for the 55 seats in the House. Each party list is entitled to a seat after clinching at least 2% of total votes cast in the May 10 elections.

The more notable groups in the top 30 include Cooperative Natcco; Citizens Battle against Corruption; Bayan Muna; Anakpawis; Butil Farmers Party; An Waray; Kabataan; and, Act Teachers.

Among the prominent names in politics, business and entertainment sectors, who are trying their luck in the party-list race are Anna Marie Ablan, Honorary Consul in Belarus and daughter of former Ilocor Norte Rep. Roque Ablan for Alliance of People’s Organization; celebrity Juan Miguel “Onemig” Bondoc for Bandila; celebrity doctor Manny Calayan, broadcaster Rolly Gonzalo and actor Leo Martinez for Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz; and presidential son Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo for Ang Galing Pinoy.

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