By Leslie Ann Aquino
A transparency group on Tuesday asked the Commission on Elections to ensure that it shall tediously screen party-list groups that are looking to run in the May 2019 polls.
The group, Pinoy Aksyon on Governance and the Environment (Pinoy Aksyon), is set to file a disqualification case against Ang Mata ay Alagaan (Ang Mata) before the poll body next month for allegedly conducting free eye clinics with unlicensed doctors and distributing eye care products that are not approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs Administration (BFAD).
The Pinoy Aksyon identifies itself as an independent people’s organization and think tank advocating for good governance through transparency and accountability.
“They are already bastardizing the party list system,” Bency Ellorin, Chairman of Pinoy Aksyon, said in an interview.
The group said they are seriously alarmed at reports about Ang Mata’s activities. If these are true, Pinoy Aksyon said such practice of the said partylist group borders on “quackery.”
“Maybe, this should also compel the Comelec to tediously screen partylist groups, in terms of genuine representation to the poor and marginalized and their capacity to serve these sectors,” the group said.
Pinoy Aksyon also called on the House Ethics and Health committees to look into the projects of the organization. “Their projects and programs are not in accordance with their mandate as a party-list sector,” said Ellorin.
According to the group, they will also deal with other groups once they find glaring evidence against them.
During the 2016 polls, Ang Mata received a total of 331,285 votes, which entitles it to one seat and is now represented by Rep. Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera.