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Kontra Daya said leading party-lists in Election 2019 have a connection with Duterte

Election 2019 partly-list race leaders have links to the Duterte administration, according to Danila Arao of Kontra Daya.

The said election watchdog perceived that the President needs allies in the house of representatives in order to push through his campaign promises.

Recent partial results from the Commission on Elections’ transparency server this morning showed that the leading party-list is ACT-CIS or Anti-Crime and Terrorism Through Community Involvement and Support garnering 9.47 percent of the votes.

Election 2019 party-list leaders
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Its second nominee is Jocelyn Tulfo, the sister of Ramon Tulfo, the special envoy to China of Duterte administration.

Arao added that 34 out of 59 party-list seats would go to the allies of the President, those coming from political dynasties and with special business interests, based on the report from ABS-CBN.

Duterte “needs as much numbers as possible [in the House] to push for certain controversial measures”, the election watchdog said.

He also said, “With regard to the party-list race, it’s really important that the marginalized and underrepresented should really have a voice, but these are being compromised right now.”

With regards to this, Arao suggested that the Comelec could have organized forums wherein the media and election watchdogs will have the chance to scrutinize the party-list groups

Based on the report, the election watchdog also said, “In times like this, we cannot just think in terms of legal technicalities. We have to think outside the box to make sure that these political dynasties, special business interests would really be held to account.”

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