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Comelec proclaims 14 party-list groups

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Rival groups Bayan Muna and Akbayan, and 12 other party-list organizations will get seats in Congress after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday, May 24, partially proclaimed party-list winners.

The Comelec, sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed the following 14 groups at around 10:30 am on Friday:

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr said the NBOC will proclaim the other winning groups on Monday, May 27. 

In Resolution No. 0006-13 issued Friday morning, the NBOC said the initial proclamation entitles the 14 groups “to one guaranteed seat.” (Read the full resolution below.) 

This is “without prejudice to the allocation of additional seats, or the proclamation of other parties, organizations, or coalitions which may later on be established to be entitled to one guaranteed seat and/or additional seat.” 

Brillantes said he was quite unhappy with the results, after two initially disqualified groups won party-list seats.

Siyempre hindi ako masyadong masaya, lalo na 'yung dinisqualify namin pero nanalo,” Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr told reporters Friday. (Of course I'm not very happy, particularly with those whom we disqualified but won.)

(Watch video below.)

The final list of party-list winners may depend on the Supreme Court (SC), after at least 4 disqualified groups asked the SC to order the Comelec to count their votes.

Brillantes said the Comelec will wait until Monday for possible temporary restraining orders (TRO) or status quo ante (SQA) orders from the SC. He said if the SC fails to issue TROs or SQAs by Monday, the Comelec will push through with proclaiming the other groups

The law allots 58 seats in the House of Representatives for the party list. (Read: 8 things you need to know about the party list.) 

The party list is a system of proportional representation. This means the number of seats that an organization can win will be determined by the percentage of votes it will get against the total votes cast for all party-list bets. (Read: How to fill the 58 party-list seats.) – Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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