LEGAZPI CITY, 26-April-2013 (BicolToday.com) – Campaigning aggressively , while on petition after COMELEC recent disqualification of partylists Ako Bicol and Agri, expensive posters of these two partylists have been visible among strategic highways, telltale marks of high-financed organizational capability, funding and logistics.
Albay businessman Zaldy Co and his business partners have been publicly known as the persons behind Ako Bicol, and they have enough clout as three of its nominees occupy 3 seats in Congress. They are seeking partylist re-election.
Bicol businessman Wilbert Lee and the LKY Development Corporation have been reported as the key movers behind Agri partylist. His wife, Delphine Gan Lee is the first nominee of the partylist.
Lee owns the LKY Development Corporation whose business interest are hotels, terminals, resort, construction, housing and real estate.
Other reports say Lee’s LKY group got several contracts with local government units (LGU’s). One of this is Sorsogon’s grand bus terminal station.
One report said Co is involved in big government contracts, including the billion-pesos Daraga International Airport, and real estate developer Lee recently opened a bus terminal in Sorsogon.
Comelec said the groups, Ako Bicol and Agri, failed to represent any marginalized and under-represented sector. The Bicol region already has representatives in Congress, and the nominees are not marginalized and under-represented.
Ako Bicol is closely linked with Legazpi City businessman Zaldy Co who owns and have substantial interests in Misibis Bay Island Resort and Embarcadero De Legazpi which are leisure resort and business park . Co operates Sunwest Corporation as its energy business
The Albay businessman is heavily engaged in government contracts, and his flagship firm, Hi-Tone construction, undertakes construction of Daraga International Airport.
Ako Bicol and Agri were disqualified by COMELEC, among 49 other party-list groups, in its SPP no. 12-154 (PLM) and 12-177 (PLM). However, Ako Bicol retained its accreditation as political party, but barred to join the May 2013 party-list polls.
Meanwhile, in SPP No. 12-279 (PLM) COMELEC cancelled the registration of Agri-Agra na Reporma para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement (AGRI).
COMELEC said Agri had ceased to exist for more than a year immediately after the May 2010 elections. The nominees do not belong to the sector of peasants and farmers that the party seeks to represent. Only four nominees were submitted to the COMELEC, and failed to show meaningful activities for its constituency.
Both partylists filed petitions for reconsideration before the electoral body, and have been engaged in campaign activities pending final decision from the COMELEC. [BicolToday.com]