2019 party list winners: Where their votes came from

Michael Bueza

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2019 party list winners: Where their votes came from
Here are the different strategies through which the 51 party-list groups consolidated their votes in the 2019 elections

MANILA, Philippines – On Wednesday, May 22, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the 51 groups that won in the 2019 party list elections.

They will fill up the 61 seats allocated for the party list in the House of Representatives.

The groups aim to represent different sectors of society in Congress. Its nominees who will take the House seats come from various walks of life, from laborers and activists to prominent politicians. (LIST: Neophyte party-list reps include businessmen, political clans, former gov’t officials)

Here are the votes received by each winning party-list group in each region, displayed in the graph below as the percentage or share of their overall vote. This means the percentages per group will add up to 100%. Select a party-list group in the dropdown menu.

The graph shows that the 51 groups won through different ways in the 2019 polls. 

Some courted voters in vote-rich areas, like Metro Manila and surrounding regions, as well as in Central Visayas, Western Visayas, and Davao regions.

This was reflected in the votes of topnotcher ACT-CIS, as well as of leftist groups like Bayan Muna, Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan.

Other groups which relied on this tactic are a mix of established and new, like 1Pacman, Anakalusugan, BH (Bagong Henerasyon), Buhay, Cibac, Duterte Youth, Kabayan, Kalinga, Magdalo, Magsasaka, Manila Teachers’, Patrol, RAM, Senior Citizens, and TGP

Many banked on their “home” regions and provinces to deliver votes. Abono benefited on this the most, with almost all of its total votes, or 93.6%, coming from Ilocos Region. Its first two nominees are from La Union and Pangasinan. 

Other groups that went the same route – with the region and province where they obtained bulk of their votes – include:

Some tapped into their networks or organizations in many regions. This was effective for organizations of cooperatives like Ako Padayon, APEC, COOP-NATCCO, Philreca, and Recoboda.

A few groups have their votes spread out across multiple regions, like A TeacherAng Probinsyano, and BHW

Vote strength per region 

Here’s another look at how each of the 51 groups performed, displayed in the graph below as the % of the party-list vote that a group obtained in a region.

More pronounced in this chart are the vote strength of groups that relied on votes in their home areas. The party-list group with the biggest vote share within a region is Ako Bicol, with 45.34% of votes in Bicol Region going to them.

Topnotcher ACT-CIS also got a big chunk of the votes in overseas areas. – Rappler.com

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.