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No Track Record of representing and championing sectors

Most sectoral partylists would also claim to represent marginalized sectors from farmers, urban poor, women, to regional representation (i.e. bisaya, bicolano, etc.). Nominees of these partylists however appear to have not ”come from the sector” or have no “record of strong advocacy for the said sector” as mandated by the Supreme Court 2013 ruling.

Prime example of this is Mothers for Change (MOCHA) Partylist with Mocha Uson, government propagandist, former PCOO assistant secretary and Duterte ally. She and her running mate, Michele Gumabao has been roundly criticized given that neither nominees are mothers themselves. Duterte Youth has also been widely criticized for having nominees not coming from the youth sector, with Ronald Cardema disqualified in his bid for representative in the 2019 elections. His wife Ducielle took his place and is running for a second term. 

Ako IP Partylist claims to be representing indigenous peoples but chairperson Gil Valera was a former Customs exec and was found guilty of lying on his SALN. Claiming to be 25% of IP heritage, he came under fire for calling indigenous peoples “mangmang”. His son serves as 1st nominee of the partylist.