(UPDATE) THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed on Thursday the winning party-list groups in the May 9 elections.
Of the 55 party-list groups that were proclaimed at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, only ACT-CIS is entitled to three seats in the 19th Congress.
Five — 1-Rider Party-list, Tingog, 4PS, Ako Bicol, and Sagip — are entitled to two seats each.
All the other party-lists will have at least one seat.
One party-list organization, the United Senior Citizen, tallied enough votes to entitle it to one seat but was not proclaimed pending resolution of its appeal on the denial of its registration.
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The party-list groups will serve for three years.
In his remarks, Comelec Chairman Saidame Pangarungan stressed the importance of party-list groups in the democratic process.
"The party-list groups enable Filipino citizens belonging to marginalized, underrepresented and those lacking well-defined political constituencies to be represented in Congress," said Pangarungan.
"Such groups are given a stronger voice so that all sectors may be included as our nation moves towards development and prosperity. It is a hallmark of how Philippine democracy unites us all for a common purpose and a shared brighter tomorrow," he added.
Aside from congratulating the proclaimed groups and representatives, Pangarungan also commended the voting public "who have braved the many challenges to exercise their right of suffrage."
"It is my hope that the voices of the voters ring clearer in the officials and representatives they voted for, from the president down to the members of local councils," he said.
Pangarungan said the outcome of the elections has "surpassed our expectations in peacefulness, speed and turnout, to name a few."
He also lauded the employees of the Comelec whose "readiness in heeding the call of duty is no less than remarkable. I am in complete awe of what you have sacrificed and contributed to ensure that a new set of leaders will be peacefully, cleanly, freely and safely elected."
He, however, admitted that the just concluded elections were "not perfect."
"For the Comelec in particular, we still have a big, big room for improvement. I have been Chairman for 80 days and I saw how difficult it is to conduct an election for more than 65 million voters. Many claim that this is the only thing we do, but I think it must also be stressed that this is an extremely difficult operation to manage," Pangarungan said.
He said the Comelec must "work harder and smarter in the pursuit of more efficient, more credible and more inclusive elections."
"We shall continue to streamline our processes and professionalize. Let us do all of this together, as a united Commission, with the help of all of our partners and stakeholders," Pangarungan said.