21 October 2009
For reference: Dolores T. Balladares
Chairperson, Tel. No.: (852) 97472986
“Migrante is a thorn to the sides of the government”
Political prosecution drives de-listing – UNIFIL-HK
“Migrante is a thorn to the sides and a bramble in the hands of GMA. With
its staunch stance against government policies on OFWs, Migrante has
become the first progressive party-list victim of political prosecution by
this administration prior to the 2010 polls.”
This was declared today by Dolores Balladares, chairperson of the United
Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK) as members of the group held a
protest action at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG-HK) to condemn the
decision of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to de-list Migrante
Sectoral Party (MSP) in the 2010 partylist race.
“For years, Migrante has exposed the neglect of the GMA government to OFWs
in distress, failure to curb overcharging of recruitment agencies,
billion-peso scandals in the OWWA and policies that sell out the Filipino
migrants for modern-day slavery. With such a record, GMA will not allow
Migrante a fair chance to be in the Congress,” she added.
Balladares said that COMELEC en banc Resolution No. 8679 that ordered the
de-listing is irregular and highly-questionable. She added that it
violates the party-list rules because of its flawed interpretation of the
law and the faulty process the COMELEC followed with the decision.
Moreover, she said that COMELEC Commissioner Melo’s appeal to Migrante
before to help in the registration is a de facto recognition of the group.
“With the absence of a legal basis, we strongly believe that the
de-listing is politically-motivated and the dirty hand of the government
is behind it. Who’s deathly afraid of Migrante and the potential electoral
influence of OFWs? Only those who have the most to lose in the 2010 polls
like GMA and her camp,” she remarked.
Balladares relayed that the “disgust of OFWs against the GMA government”
has been clear for the past years. In her foreign trips, GMA has been
hounded by protest actions from OFW groups especially from Migrante and
“From Hong Kong, to the United States, Japan and even in Middle East
countries, Migrante and other OFW organizations never let go of the chance
to protest against anti-people and anti-OFW moves of GMA. If Migrante is
even allowed an opening to possibly take part in law-making, there is no
way for GMA’s policies to continue and for her to go scot-free from her
crimes. Thus, GMA basks in the grave disenfranchisement of Filipino
migrants first through the pathetic efforts in the registration period and
now the de-listing of Migrante,” she said.
The COMELEC decision has been met by protests from Migrante members and
allies in different countries. In Hong Kong, UNIFIL is soliciting the
support of different organizations in a petition to have the resolution
Last Sunday, the group gathered almost 50 organizations for the petition
letter that they will fax to member commissioners of the COMELEC.
Balladares said that they will continue to solicit the support of other
organizations “until the COMELEC makes right its disservice to Filipinos
“Migrante should be allowed to run. GMA and her camp shall only further
earn the ire of Filipinos abroad if this political harassment against
Migrante persists,” she concluded.
United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK)
2/ F., New Hall, St. John's Cathedral,
4 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong SAR
Tel. (852) 3156-2447
Fax. (852) 2526-2894 / 2735-4559
News Release - October 23,
Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Satur C. Ocampo, MAKABAYAN President
Satur: Thousands of OFWs
disenfranchised with COMELEC’s delisting of Migrante
Party list coalition Makabayan today strongly urged the Commission on
Elections (COMELEC) to reconsider its earlier resolution to remove
Migrante Sectoral Party from the list of accredited party-list
organizations participating in the 2010 elections.
“Thousands of overseas Filpinos are in danger of being disenfranched by
this COMELEC ruling. They who contribute so much from the economy have for
so long been marginalized by the electoral system. Now, once again, they
are being denied their right to representation,” said Rep. Satur Ocampo,
president of Makabayan.
In an en banc resolution last October 13, 2009, COMELEC barred Migrante
and 25 other party-list organizations from participating in the 2010
elections. Migrante, according to the commission, participated and failed
to gain seats in two straight elections prior to the upcoming polls.
It is on record, however, that Migrante only participated during the 2004
elections and signified their intent not to run in 2007 while maintaining
the option to run in the next election.
“It is clear from its track record that Migrante is a legitimate
party-list organization, with the largest and broadest membership among
overseas Filipinos and their families in the Philippines. It cannot be
denied that to delist Migrante is to disenfranchise their constituency,”
Ocampo further pointed to COMELEC’s wild inconsistencies in its decision
to delist and maintain party-list groups in its accredited list. For
instance, groups like BISA, Pinoy Overseas Party and Banat were allowed to
run in 2004 even as they failed to garner the required two-percent of
total party-list votes to garner seats in 1998. These groups also failed
to run during the 2001 elections.
Meanwhile, groups with dubious representation like (Mike Arroyo’s sister)
Ma. Lourdes Arroyo’s Kasangga Party-list and butcher general Jovito
Palparan’s Bantay Party-list were allowed to participate in 2007 and
defame the true spirit of the Party-List System Act.
“All these point to a political motive in the delisting of Migrante. After
all, Migrante, along with the other progressive party-list organizations,
have been the most vocal in criticizing government misdeeds and even
exposing electoral fraud during the past elections,” said Ocampo.
Ocampo also urged the commission not to give in to pressure from
Malacañang. He asked COMELEC to give progressive party-list organizations
like Migrante a chance to finally run for House seats that would represent
the millions of Filipinos long denied of due representation. ###
Vincent Michael L. Borneo
Political Affairs Officer
(Media and Public Relations)
Office of Deputy Minority Leader
and BAYAN MUNA Rep. Satur C. Ocampo
Rm. 416, RVMitra Bldg.,
House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telefax no: 951-1027
PAHAYAG SA MIDYA
17 Oktobre 2009
Mariin nating kinokondena ang kuwestyonable at hindi makatarungang COMELEC
en banc Resolution No. 8679 kung saan tinanggal nito ang Migrante Sectoral
Partylist para hindi makalahok sa halalan 2010. Ang ma-anomalyang hakbang
na ito ng COMELEC ay lantarang pagsupil sa karapatan ng sektor-OFW’s para
magkaroon ng tunay at lehitimong boses sa kongreso.
Taliwas sa panuntunang-legal ang naging interpretasyon ng COMELEC sa
Section 6, paragraph 8 na nakapaloob sa Partylist System Act (R.A. 7941).
Malinaw na nakasaad sa naturang probisyon na maaari lang matanggal ang
organisayong katulad ng Migrante Sectoral Partylist sa
pangkalahatang-listahan ng COMELEC kung ito ay:
1.Hindi nakalahok sa dalawang magkasunod na eleksiyon;
2.Hindi nakakuha ng 2% ng boto sa ilalim ng partylist system sa loob ng
dalawang magkasunod na eleksiyon.
Sa aspetong legal at teknikal, hindi maaring gawing sangkalan ng COMELEC
ang nabanggit na probisyon para hadlangan ang pagpupunyagi ng sektor-OFW
na magkaroon ng representasyon sa kongreso. Noong 2004, pumalaot ang
Migrante Sectoral Partylist sa halalan ngunit ito ay nabigo na makakalap
ng botong itinalaga ng batas. Dahil dito napagpasyahan ng buong pamunuan
ng Migrante Sectoral Partylist na palakasin ang baseng-masa at kasapian sa
buong mundo na nagtulak upang ipagpaliban ang paglahok nito sa halalan
noong 2007. Sa makatuwid, isang eleksyon pa lang na hindi nakalahok ang
Migrante Sectoral Partylist at ito ay noong 2007.
Dahil ba ang Migrante Sectoral Partylist ay kritiko ng rehimeng Arroyo
kaya’t sagad ang pagwasiwas ng hindi makatarungan hakbang laban sa ating
hanay? Ang iskemang ito ay isang tipo ng political harassment para
patahimikin ang mga progresibong kilusan na patuloy na bumabatikos sa
bulok na lipunan. May kasabwat na naman kaya ang Malakanyang sa COMELEC
katulad ni Garci noon? Kung tutuusin ang Malakanyang ang may marubdob na
pagnanasang tanggalin at patahimikin ang mga tunay na partidong
kumakatawan sa marginalized sector ng lipunan natin. Sukdulang gumamit ng
pandurukot, pagpatay sa mga kaanib at opisyales ng mga progresibong
partylists. Ngayon naman ay ang pagtanggal sa Migrante Sectoral Partylist
na tunay na kumakatawan sa interes ng mga Migranteng nasa labas ng bansa.
Ngunit hindi tayo kailanman panghihinaan ng loob, bagkus, doble pa nating
pag-iibayuhin ang pagmulat, pagmobilisa at pagpapakilos sa sektor na ating
kinabibilangan para lalong mapagsilbihan ang malawak na bilang ng sambayan.
Sa halip, dapat na tuunan ng COMELEC ay ang pag-aalis sa mga pekeng
partylist na pakawala ng Malakanyang katulad ng Bantay (Jovito Palparan),
ANAD (Jun Alcover), Kasangga (Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, kapatid ni Mike Arroyo)
Hinihimok natin ang masa’t sambayan na makiisa sa ating ipinaglalaban.
Maging mapagmatyag at tutulan ang lahat na uri ng katiwalian!
Migranteng Pilipino sa buong mundo, MAGKAISA!
COMELEC Resolution No. 8679, IBASURA!
(SGD.) John Torres
Migrante Sectoral Partylist
Eastern Region, KSA