KONTRADAYA’S INITIAL REVIEW OF PARTYLIST GROUPS
SEEKING POSTS IN THE 2013ELECTIONS (As of August 12, 2012)
PARTY-LIST NOMINEES, REPRESENTATION
Ang Mata’y Alagaan
The first 3 nominees of this group all came from the family of Justice Presbitero Velasco
First NomineeLorna Q. Velasco is his wife; Second and Third nominees Atty. Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera and VincentMichael Velasco are his children.Justice Ve
lasco’s other son, Lord Allan Jay, is currently a Congressman representing the lone district of
Marinduque.None of these nominees, and even AMA itself,have any track record in adhering or advocating for theinterest of the sector they wish to represent.Neither do these nominees belong the marginalized and underrepresented sector they wish torepresent. Even at the minimum, they do not belong to any marginalized and underrepresented sectoras required by law.On the contrary, the Velascos are very powerful politically and economically, considering that they haveas head of the family a sitting member of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the highest court of thiscountry. They are also represented in the House of Representatives, through Rep. Lord Allan Jay Q.Velasco, the Congressman for the Lone District of Marinduque.By this, clearly AMA has no bona fide intention to represent the sector they claim to represent, butrather to represent the interest of the already powerful, well-connected Velascos.