Akbayan names Bello's replacement in Congress
MANILA, Philippines – The political party Akbayan has named Angelina “Angie” Ludovice-Katoh as its new representative in Congress to replace economist Walden Bello, who resigned in March over differences with the party's continued support for President Benigno Aquino III.
Katoh, who was sworn in as a new member of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 13, will join Ibarra Gutierrez III as representative of the party-list group in the 16th Congress.
She was Akbayan's third nominee when it won in the 2013 elections, where it only garnered votes enought for two seats. Under party list rules, a resigned representative is replaced by moving up a nominee from a list previously submitted to the Commission on Elections.
According to the Akbayan website, Katoh was one of the group's founding members. Akbayan was formed in 1998.
She was born and raised in Davao del Sur, where she became a student activist and campus leader. She became a trade union organizer and a community facilitator after college, and was even arrested at the height of labor disputes in Mindanao in the 1980s.
"Angie's extensive experience as a grassroots organizer, woman leader and peace defender will be invaluable as she assumes the role of Akbayan's representative in Congress," Gutierrez said in a statement.
Akbayan garnered 827,405 votes in the 2013 party-list elections, and obtained two seats in Congress.
Katoh's eligibility to replace Bello was certified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) via Minute Resolution 15-0314 on April 30.
Bello resigned from his congressional post over irreconcilable differences with his party, including its continued support of the Aquino administration. The 2010 presidential candidacy saw Akbayan forming a coalition with the administration's Liberal Party. – Rappler.com