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Frontliners ang Bida is a partylist that broadly aims to support and provide livelihood to frontliners during the pandemic. One of its officials and nominee Jayke Joson was a businessman and ex aide to Senator Manny Pacquiao. 

The two had a falling out over a failed deal involving a planned fight between Pacquiao and McGregor. Each side claimed that funds were malversed and suits were filed in court. In February of 2022, the partylist adopted Celine Pialago as a substitute after COMELEC canceled the application of her original partylist Malasakit on insufficiency of requirements.

Mr. Joson, who is a businessman in the sports industry, has no direct ties or track record working or being part of the frontline workers he is seeking to represent. Ms. Pialago on the other hand has an extensive record of appointive positions in the Duterte administration. She was appointed as MMDA spokesperson and before that, as spokesperson of the NTF-ELCAC. She came under fire, especially for controversial statements accusing faculty administrators of requiring students to join anti-government rallies. Ms. Pialago is banking on her previous government positions to garner legitimacy to serve in Congress even after the COMELEC had already disqualified her first group for lack of credibility as a legitimate sectoral partylist.