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AMIN ang tagumpay!

August 4th, 2007

Finally, after more than a month of waiting, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Party List has been officially proclaimed by COMELEC as having won 1 seat in the 14th Congress.

Isang Rally lang pala ang kailangan para pirmihan ni Chairman Abalos ang COMELEC en banc resolution proclaming AMIN as winner of the last National-Party List elections. AMIN members in Metro Manila conducted a rally last thursday in front of COMELEC office to compel Commisioners, particularly Chairman Abalos, to sign the resolution and proclaim the victory of AMIN party list. AMIN has already garnered more than the required 2% for one seat in the Congress long before the National Canvassing Board had ended the canvassing of election results. Chairman Abalos offered the AMIN rallyists with the lamest excuse of not having been informed about the results of canvass for AMIN. AMIN now sits in the Congress on its third term.

Anak Mindanao gets House seat

By Nikko Dizon
Last updated 11:22pm (Mla time) 08/03/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections on Friday proclaimed Anak Mindanao (Amin) as one of the winners in the party-list race in the May midterm elections.

In a two-page resolution, the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, said that Amin is guaranteed to have one seat in the House of Representatives after it obtained 324,433 votes, or more than the two percent minimum to win a seat.

The Comelec said that the projected maximum total number of party-list votes, on which the two percent threshold is based, is 16,221,659.

Mujiv Hataman, Amin’s representative in the previous Congress, slammed the Comelec for the delay in his party-list group’s proclamation.

Hataman surmised that his group’s criticism of the strong showing of Byaheng Pinoy headed by the brother of Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos in Mindanao could have something to do with the delay.

Abalos said that the special elections in Pantar, Lanao del Norte, delayed the proclamation of Amin.

Only An Waray, another party-list group, has a chance of still winning a House seat since its votes could reach the two percent threshold.

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