MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed 46 organizations that won in the party-list elections.
The organizations' nominees will occupy 59 seats in the House of Representatives starting June 30.
Only the regional party Ako Bicol got the maximum 3 seats allowed, having garnered 1,664,975 votes or 5.143% of the total votes cast for the party list.
Eleven organizations got 2 seats each, their votes ranging from 671,699 to 1,357,795.
The 34 other organizations got one seat each.
Below is the complete list of winning party-list groups along with the number of seats they have been entitled to:
After the proclamation, 2nd-placer Gabriela made a manifestation before the NBOC that 20% of the total seats in the House would be equivalent to 59.5 or 60 seats, and not 59 as earlier promulgated by the Comelec in a resolution.
Given the additional seat available, Gabriela said the computation for vote percentages should merit the organization 3 seats instead of just 2.
The women's group was advised to file a formal manifestation with the Comelec.
Commissioner Christian Lim also said the Comelec en banc will take up next week the party-list organizations' motions to change their lists of nominees, before the poll body can issue certifications of proclamation to the propert representatives.
The party list is a system meant to better represent marginalized sectors, as well as groups without "well-defined constituencies," in the House of Representatives.
The Constitution allots to the party list 20% of seats in the House of Representatives.
A total of 115 party-list groups joined the 2016 elections. These organizations vied for 59 seats allocated for the party list. – Rappler.com