IPROKLAMA ANG ATING GURO May 27, 2016

IPROKLAMA ANG ATING GURO May 27, 2016

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PLM joins the fight of Ating Guro Partylist

“I know you have won and I was surprised that you were not proclaimed”, the Chairman of the Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) himself admitted to members of Ating Guro (Our Teachers) on May 23. Members of Ating Guro have been protesting outside the COMELEC offices in Manila since May 19 against electoral fraud that has denied them a seat in Congress in the recent May 9 national elections.

COMELEC announced Ating Guro obtained one seat in a draft report released at 10.24am on May 19. This was confirmed in the the national tally sheet released at 6.51pm the same day. However, less than 10 minutes later, when the official proclamation of electoral results was made at 7pm, Ating Guro’s seat had disappeared. Instead, an extra seat was proclaimed for an organization named Co-op NATCO, a capitalist business co-operative.

Ating Guro is the largest organization covering public school teachers in the Philippines. Their members are the electoral officers at the precinct level. If it’s petition against the COMELEC decision and to re-instate it’s seat in Congress is successful, it’s head Benjo Basas, a founding member of the Partido Lakas ng Masa-PLM, will represent the organisation in Congress.

The COMELEC en banc will be meeting again on May 31 to deliberate on Ating Guro’s complaint. Protests will continue, with a big mobilization called for on the day.

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