The party-lists and their obsession with the letter A

This is going to be short, but I will not promise it is going to be sweet:

There are, to date, 144 party-list groups that the Commission on Elections recognized, which simply means they are already included in the 2-foot ballot that will be used in the first ever automated poll in the country. The Comelec, as it has always done, missed the spirit of the party list. Anyone can now build his own organization, purport that it represents a marginalized group, and he’s on his way, if his party list is lucky enough, to receiving roughly 200 million pesos (4.5 million dollars) a year worth of pork barrel. Not bad, easy money.

But of course, politics in the Philippines is a business venture of some sort. Unless a party-list can prove it will be able to launch a national campaign, Comelec is kind enough to give it an advice gained through the commission’s extensive experience in elections to quit the campaign; the advice sometimes comes without a word which in common parlance means simply ‘disqualifying’ it. Financial viability and not its representation of little-heard sectors will ultimately determine whether one is a legitimate party list or otherwise. Legitimacy until this time is a tricky and shaky word in this side of the word.

And because a campaign has begun morally corrupt, in the end, things narrow down to a simple question of whether a group can recoup the investments it has placed on the campaign, and so the vicious cycle of corruption all Filipinos are aware of continues to feed itself.


Thoughtless bandwagon resulted in a very funny list we have now of our party-list groups. More than a half of them starts with the letter A, an obviously daft effort to get the chance of being the first in the ballot. The sheer number of As will place Abakada, Abang Lingkod, Aba Ilonggo, etc at a disadvantage. None of them fought to be in the end of the list, a spot that can be as strategic as being the first. The use of article ‘Ang’ did not help Ang Ladlad or Ang Kasangga. AA-Kasosyo Party reminds me of an organization of reformed alcoholics. AMA, I didn’t know a computer school can be referred to as marginalized, but maybe it’s a totally different one.

Bums now are also beginning to see their inherent worth (A Tambay). Are Filipino-Chinese? What is Chinoy doing in the list? And when did beauty become an issue in Philippine politics since Imelda Marcos? Oragon.

Aawas showed its decisiveness by renaming itself 1-Tubig, but this is not enough to dislodge 1-Aani as the number one in the list. So did other think they can, in the end they all find themselves drowned in the plethora of As and annoyingly uncreative names.


14 thoughts on “The party-lists and their obsession with the letter A”

  1. lahat ng ibinabahagi ko dito ay totoo, medyo nakasisira man at matatalim ang aking salita ay dahil ganun dapat sila inilalarawan. napakadami pa kung sa nakaraang eleksyon lang din ang pag-uusapan.

    1. but you need to understand that you must be responsible with whatever you say here.

  2. Yung kay Pagcor Genuino naman tayo.

    Bida at Bigkis. Pareho ding talo. Bakit? Bastos ang mga alagad ni Ka Johnny.
    Napaka-arogante nung matandang lalaki na humaharap sa mga bisita at nais magkampanya sa BIDA. kapag lumapit ka sa kanila, tuturing kang kontra-Bida. Mga tanga sa pulitika. Itinataboy ang mga lumalapit na lider. Di muna kausapin ng masinsinan at alamin ang kakayahan ng mga nakakaharap na panauhin. may lumapit sa kanilang pulitiko na may libo-libong maiaambag pero ang sabi ng matandang tauhan ni ka Johnny ay: “May area na kami na pagkukunan ng mga boto, di na namin kailangan ng lider sa lugar na yan. Salamat na lang.” Kundi ba naman tanga…..! walang karanasan sa pulitika itong matandang ito kaya ganun.

    Anong resulta ng boto nila sa buong pilipinas? naka-50k ba? Hindi…
    Sila sila lang kasi ang kumakamal ng perang pang-gastos na inilabas galing sa Pagcor.

    Maging mga anak ni pagcor Chair Genuino, walang nanalo. Puro talo.
    Kasi nga, walang magaling na lider. Honest and hard-working sana, at magaling sa PR at Strategist. Kahit pa abogado si Erwin Genuino, dapat magagaling ang nagpapatakbo ng kampanya. At alam kung san lulugar. Kunin ba naman si Oscar ibay na katiket… Susmiyo santisima, may bagong property na naman yan ipagagawa, tubo nung eleksyon. Pati mga watcher nyan dinudugasan, tarantado! Naturingan pa namang may ari ng Datamex si Ibay, bulok bulok pa din ang mga school nya kasifront business nya lang yun as an Educator kuno..

  3. Yung partylist na dating “Aawas” at ginawang 1-Tubig sa konsepto ng alagad ni GMA na si Pichay, TALO pa rin. kasi wala namang kwenta talaga… Lantang gulay na talaga. Tama na ang pakikialam, sapat na ang inyong pagiging kampon at nagkama-kamal na kayo ng halos di mabilang na nakaw-yaman. Togas ng mukha mo Prospero!

  4. In the drown of the party-list groups, I never saw the phenomenon of the As this way! And to think this will be my second time to vote.

    But while being in the end of a roster may also prove to be strategic (in fact in the dance competitions that I judged in, the last spot is always the best spot to be in), I don’t think it is a good strategy in a country where a big chunk of the population are illiterate and during elections, will probably get too lazy to read even just beyond the letter As of the party-list.

    Funny read. Thanks!

    1. not in your case because you know whom you want to vote for when you enter the polling precinct. but not for some people. and ‘some’ can mean millions, so imagine how helpful it is to be conspicuous.

      and yes, for those who cannot read…imagine the accidental votes and how being the first in line can prove to be an advantage.

      you’re welcome.

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