Business groups behind partylists Ako Bicol, Agri, campaign pending Comelec final ruling

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 Bicolano businessmen Zaldy Co (left) and Wilbert Lee. BICOLTODAY.COM

(L-R) Bicolano businessmen Zaldy Co (FACEBOOK PHOTO) and Wilbert Lee (BICOLTODAY.COM)

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]

3 COMMENTS

  1. Kawawa naman ang mga bicolano, ginagatasan lang ni zaldy co.. Kilala ang companya ni zaldy co na sunwest group of corp na palaging sangkot sa maanumalyang mga govt. road projects at kasama pa dito ang international airport sa daraga albay.. So wonder they call him the riches man in bicol or rather i’ll call him, riches leech of govt projects just like napoles..

  2. Kung hindi ba naman kayo isang damukal na tanga! Partylist nga, EH DI PARA SA NATIONAL! Bakit hindi ninyo tingnan ang ANG WARAY?! Ano kinaiba nila sa AKO BICOL? AT ANG AGRI, BICOL LANG BA ANG MAY AGRICULTURE?! MAGRESEARCH MUNA KAYO, HINDI ANG PURO TIRA AT DAKDAK ANG GAGAWIN NIYO AT WALA KAYONG SILBI!

    At napasok narin lang na may congressman na ang bawat lugar, EH DI SANA HINDI NA KAILANGAN NG PARTYLIST KUNG MAY NAGAGAWA ANG MGA CONGRESSMAN NINYO!

    NGAYONG MAY GUMAGAWA NG TRABAHO NG CONGRESSMAN, SIGURO NAMAN DAPAT NA TAYONG MAG-ISIP KUNG WORTH IT BA ANG MGA IYON!

    • Hoy!

      Mas tanga ka, ano man an nagiginibo kan mga iyan, mas dakula an karibay kaiyan. Negosyante ang mga iyan, interes lang ninda an pinoprotektahan. Mayo man yan mga prinsipyong tinitindugan.

      Bago ka magkomento mag-isip ka muna. Pakapatal mo palan.

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