Rappler Talk: Making sense of the 2019 party-list race with Walden Bello

MANILA, Philippines – The party-list elections on May 13 saw the debut of groups closely associated with the Duterte administration and the entry of more parties controlled by traditional politicians. What happened to the principle of giving the voiceless representation in Congress through this system? What lessons could be learned from these elections?

Dr Walden Bello, former representative of Akbayan, weighed in on these issues in a Rappler Talk on Friday, May 24.

Akbayan also suffered its first defeat since 1998, and Bello is expected to tackle the lessons that progressive groups could draw from that and from the experiences of other mass-based parties in the world.

Bello resigned as Akbayan representative in 2015 over disagreements with the party and its continued support of the Aquino administration in the aftermath of the Mamasapano "cover-up." – Rappler.com