Statement on the End Epal, Erase Bopal Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Friday, 05 October 2012 22:03


September 28, 2012




MEMBERS OF Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), a duly certified national political party of the marginalized sectors, holds a rally today in front of the building of the Commission on Elections.  The action is a kick-off rally to jumpstart the party’s campaign against Epal and Bopal.


Epal represents the thick-skinned trapos who use government funds and projects for publicity-purposes (Epal for “makapal”). Bopal, meanwhile, means Bogus Party Lists.


The campaign urges the Comelec to fulfill its mandate of ensuring genuine, clean and honest elections.  For the anti-Bopal campaign, PLM supports the Comelec’s move to rid the elections of Bopals which do not really represent the marginalized sectors.


According to Sonny Melencio, chairman of PLM, “The party list system is designed to enable the marginalized and underrepresented sectors to secure a seat in Congress, which has long been monopolized by traditional parties and clans. Getting rid of the Bopal is a most welcome action by the Comelec.”


“While we appreciate Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr’s recent moves against the Bopal, we ask that the process of disqualification be open and transparent to prevent the exclusion of the genuine party lists in the certification.”


“Our campaign against Bopal is also our way of ensuring that the genuine partylists—those truly composed of the marginalized sectors—should have better chances of getting the Comelec certification,” Melencio added.


The membership of PLM itself, according to Melencio, consists of “basic mainline sectors of the Filipino masses, which include workers, farmers, public transport drivers, vendors and the urban poor in the twelve administrative regions in the country.”


PLM also vows to step up the campaign with a bigger rally at Comelec on Monday, October 1, and the filing of complaints against Bopal at the electoral body. #


How To Spot the BOPAL (Bogus Party List):

1.  If the nominees themselves do not represent the marginalized sector.

  • For instance, Mikey Arroyo of Ang Galing Partylist is neither a security guard nor a tricycle driver. Baka pwede pa, may-ari ng security agency?
  • Ang Kasangga Partylist’s nominee used to be Luli Arroyo, daughter of GMA.
  • Kontra-Daya, a party-list watchdog, has come out with its own list of Bopal, and it includes: Aambis Owa, Aangat Tayo, Abante Mindanao, Buhay Partylist, Una ang Pamilya, and Tingting Cojuangco’s Aksyon Magsasaka.

2.  If the nominees belong to the same family – wife, husband, children and close relatives.

  • Bagong Henerasyon’s nominees are wife and husband tandem (former QC rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy and Edgar Allan Dy).
  • Agrarian Development Association’s nominees are father and son tandem (former deputy House Speaker Eric Singson and incumbent Ilocos Sur rep Eric Singson, Jr).
  • Alliance of Organization, Networks and Association of the Philippines’s nominees are brother and sister tandem (Danilo Suarez Jr. and sister Joanna; the third nomine is sister-in-law Alexis Abastillas-Suarez).

3. If the nominees belong to political/economic clan (trapos) and are “mega-rich” (have SALN running into tens of millions of pesos).

  • Of the 56 party-list representatives in Congress today, 48 are multimillionaires. Many partylists applying for certification have “mega-rich” nominees (landlords, capitalists, bankers, etc). #



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