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Implicated/Convicted in corruption and human rights violations

Many partylists also field nominees who have been seen to abuse power. Their run in power may be seen as an attempt to escape accountability and access government resources for private gain.

These involve partylists who have voted against freedom of speech and blocked the franchise of ABS CBN. New partylists also appear to threaten political dissent, with Sambayan Partylist Ka Eric Celiz and Frontliners and Bida Partylist Celine Pialago widely criticized for red-tagging critics of the government. Celine Pialago, who was originally a disqualified Malasakit Movement Partylist also shows how nominees can jump from one partylist to another.

Some glaring examples include: 4Ps. Partylist where the 1st nominee has been implicated in allegedly anomalous purchase of fertilizer in 2004. Current representative of Construction Workers Solidarity Partylist was charged with plunder in 2014 before the Office of the Ombudsman over alleged irregularities on the rehabilitation of a national road in southern Masbate. He is a former Department of Public Works and Highways undersecretary for regional operations. Current Nominee Tirso Edwin Gardiola also has a tax evasion case filed against him after discovery of his purchase of luxury car rides.  Similarly, Uma Ilonggo Partylist nominee Hansel Didulo chaired the bids and awards committee of the Bureau of Fisheries and faced a 2 billion draft case with the ombudsman.


Other critical examples include Turismo Partylist with Wanda Teo of the Tulfo family running as nominee. Ms. Teo, who was then secretary of the Department of Tourism, secured a 60 Million Peso ad deal to release a tourism promotion commercial with the BITAG network that was owned by her brother Ben Tulfo.