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ACT TEACHERS scores Mikey’s plan to run for party-list seat

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February 19, 2010




The ACT TEACHERS Partylist today criticized Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo for announcing his intention to run for a party-list seat in Congress in the May 2010 elections.

“Mikey Arroyo’s entry into the partylist arena will make a mockery of the spirit and intent of the partylist law of providing representation to the marginalized and underepresented sectors of society,” said ACT TEACHERS Partylist president Antonio Tinio. “He belongs to the most powerful political clan in the country at the moment and he’s one of the leaders of the party in power, KAMPI.”

“There’s no place for him in the partylist system and any partylist that takes him onboard as a nominee will thereby reveal itself as a bogus partylist, a mere Malacanang front. The voting public will not be fooled,” added Tinio.

Noting the negative effect that close association with Pres. Gloria Arroyo has had on the campaign of administration presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Tinio declared that Mrs. Arroyo’s eldest son will likely encounter the same problem. “Any partylist that’s considering taking him as a nominee should think twice. They will have to contend with the so-called ‘Arroyo kiss of death.’”

Tinio further noted that this is not the first time an Arroyo has used the partylist system as a backdoor to the House of Representatives. “Ma. Lourdes Tuason Arroyo currently sits in Congress as the representative of Kasangga. Dato Arroyo is known to have close ties to Ako-Bicol, which is running in the May elections.”

Tinio added that a number of partylists vying for seats in the upcoming elections have been identified as having links to Malacanang’s Office of External Affairs. These include Agbiag Timpuyo Ilokano (Agbiag); Ahon Pinoy (AHON); Akbay Pinoy OFW-National (APOI); Aangat Ating Kabuhayan Filipinas (ANAK); Babae para sa Kaunalaran (Babae Ka); Bigkis Pinoy Movement (Bigkis); Byaheng Pinoy Labor Association (Byaheng Pinoy); Kalahi Sectoral Party (Kalahi); and League of Youth for Peace Advancement (LYPAD). In addition, BANTAY of Rep. Jovito Palparan, Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) of Rep. Jun Alcover, Kasangga sa Kaunlaran (Ang Kasangga), BANAT, and Aangat Tayo (AT) are likewise known to be closely associated with the administration.

“Given Pres. Arroyo’s candidacy for a congressional seat in Pampanga, it seems that the leading members of the Arroyo clan are hell-bent on positioning themselves in Congress, together with various Malacanang-sponsored bogus partylists, to prolong their hold on power and possibly to play a role in Mrs. Arroyo’s avowed goal of Charter change and the shift to a parliamentary system,” concluded Tinio.#




Antonio L. Tinio (0920-9220817), ACT Teachers Partylist National President


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