BABAE KA calls on COMELEC to defer proclamation of AKBAYAN, GABRIELA and ANAKPAWIS
MANILA. – WOMEN’S partylist group Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) has called on the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to defer the proclamation of Akbayan, Gabriela and Anakpawis until after the resolution of the investigations which could result to the disqualification of the said groups.
“We have filed a disqualification case against Akbayan for receiving foreign funds while a motu propio investigation of Gabriela and Anakpawis has been requested for violation of certain provisions of the partylist law. These are serious matters that should be addressed immediately by the COMELEC,” said Ruth Vasquez, president of BABAE KA.
The group alleged that Akbayan has received funding from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a foundation of German leftwing social democrats with an office in the country. It also alleged that Gabriela and Anakpawis are members of partylist Bayan Muna coalition and thus must be disqualified for violating the maximum 3 seats rule of the partylist system.
Under the law, a partylist organization may be disqualified if proven that it received funding from foreign governments or foundations. Also, a partylist that gather 6% or more of the total number of votes cast on the partylist system shall have the maximum 3 seats in congress.
“The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung is the benefactor of Akbayan and its allied organizations including the Akbayan Youth. Akbayan has directly and indirectly benefited from the funding and logistical support of this German foundation. It has directly and indirectly aided the electoral activities of Akbayan,” Vasquez stressed.
She added that, “Gabriela and Anakpawis are members of the Bayan Muna and Bayan coalition. In fact, the representatives of these groups – Liza Maza of Gabriela and Crispin Beltran of Anakpawis – were the number 2 and 3 nominee-representatives of Bayan Muna in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. The registrations of both organizations circumvented the law and violated the maximum 3 seats rule.”#