BABAE KA to request COMELEC to reveal 2004 election spending of party-list groups

     Manila, April 29. – Officers and members of women’s party-list Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) are set to flock to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Monday, April 30, to request the poll body to reveal the election spending of winning party-list organizations during the 2004 elections even as they scored the whopping Php25 million electoral expenditure of Akbayan party-list.

     Ruth Vasquez, BABAE KA president, announced that the group will file a formal request-letter addressed to COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Jr. to make public the 2004 election expenses specifically of Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Akbayan and other party-list organizations.

     “Akbayan’s Php25 Million expenses in 2004 should be an eye-opener to the Filipino people. This so-called cause-oriented party is not a marginalized group but a multi-millionaire political party. They could not represent the underprivileged sectors,” Vasquez said.

     In an investigative report published in a national broadsheet, it was mentioned that Akbayan spent the said amount during the 2004 national elections.

     “We believe the electoral spending of other leftist party-list groups are the same as the whopping Php25 million of Akbayan or even more than that,” Vasquez said.

     “Where did Akbayan get that much money? From the ten percent commission from projects that Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago exposed? The people’s guess is as good as ours,” she added.

     BABAE KA also lambasted Akbayan for trying to muddle the real issues, saying that election spending is one of the focus that must be discussed in the party-list system.

     “The people have the right to know about the expenditures of these party-list organizations that have representations in Congress. Basing from the propaganda materials they have so far, Akbayan, Bayan Muna, Gabriela and Anakpawis may have spent Php50 million each for this year’s campaign,” Vasquez noted.


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