Gabriela, ACT, Kabataan, Anakpawis lose big chunk of voters in 3 years
MANILA -- Left-leaning groups that once dominated the party-list race fall back in the 2019 mid-term polls.

Gabriela, ACT, Kabataan, Anakpawis lose big chunk of voters in 3 years

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MANILA — Left-leaning groups that once dominated the party-list race fall back in the 2019 mid-term polls.

Partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server showed that progressive groups that were consistently on a high vote in the previous elections dropped significantly this year compared to 2016.

The progressive groups that are mostly part of the Makabayan bloc and their corresponding number of votes as of posting Friday are:

1) Gabriela – 1,367,795 votes in 2016 to only 444,635 in 2019 (down 67 percent)

2) ACT Teachers- 1,180,752 votes in 2016 to only 392,674 votes in 2019 (down 67 percent)

3) Kabataan – 300,420 votes in 2016 to only 194,745 votes in 2019 (down 35 percent);

4) Anakpawis – from 367,376 votes in 2016 to only 145,771 votes in 2019 (down 60 percent);

Gabriela, ACT Teachers, and Kabataan lost voters, except for their ally Bayan Muna that almost doubled in 2019 at 1,107,134 from only 604,566 in the previous polls.

181 party-list groups are vying for 59 seats in the House of Representatives (HOR).

A group needs to get at least 2 percent of the total party-list votes to earn a seat at the HOR. What remains of the 59 seats will then be distributed among party-list groups that got more than 2 percent.

As of current tally, party-lists that obtained the 2-percent vote threshold to get a seat in Congress are
1) ACT-CIS – 2,605,809 (9.45 percent)
2) BAYAN MUNA – 1,108,199 (4.02 percent)
3) AKO BICOL – 1,046,186 (3.79 percent)
4) CIBAC – 923,734 gets (3.35 percent)
5) ANG PROBINSYANO – 765,343 (2.78 percent)
6) 1PACMAN – 709,868 (2.57 percent)
7) MARINO – 675,829 (2.45 percent)
8) PROBINSYANO AKO – 627,533 (2.28 percent)

The party-list system enacted in 1995, through the Party-list System Act (Republic Act No. 7941) aimed to give marginalized and underrepresented sectors a voice in Congress. (PNA)

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