Akbayan Partylist demands the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately take action on the disenfranchised votes in the 2019 election and disqualify vote-buying partylists. 

We condemn the vote-buying of some partylist groups in some regions and reports of disenfranchisement of Akbayan votes in several precincts. Several members raised the alarm on votes for Akbayan partylist that were not registered on the final tally.

Akbayan will manifest to the Comelec and demand for the following:

Investigation and disqualification of partylists who have reportedly practiced vote-buying in some precincts.

Investigation of disenfranchised Akbayan votes in reported areas.

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros will call for an investigation on the data blackout from the transparency servers and other issues that undermine the elections.

Akbayan is fortunate to represent ordinary Filipino families the longest in congress, having served for 21 years straight. 

Akbayan Party list Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales denounced the Facebook post of Commander Louie Dagoy of the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade in Leyte which maliciously linked Akbayan with the New People's Army (NPA).

"Commander Louie Dagoy's accusation is malicious, baseless and dangerous. As a political party, AKBAYAN engages in parliamentary work through Congress and concerted people’s actions.This is the only battlefield we know where we earned the support of the public for 21 straight years," Etta Rosales said.   

Rosales was the first nominee of Akbayan which was among 9 party list groups who made it in the first party list polls in 1998.  

"Dagoy should look at our track record. We became the longest-serving party list organization without the aid of armed groups. Integral to the reforms we pushed for was the cultivation of  integrity among political parties and party list groups.  

Akbayan Partylist members trooped to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) with giant paper clams to protest recent territorial issues as President Duterte meets Xi Jinping in China for the Belt and Road forum.

“President Duterte, don’t clam up to China. You should confront Xi Jinping for illegal activities committed in the West Philippine Sea,” Akbayan Partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson said.

“If Duterte can be angry at Canada for dumping waste in our soil, he should be outraged at China for dumping our victory at the Hague and placing missiles and rocket launchers against us, on our own territory,” added Gio Tingson.

Farmers and fisherfolks on Thursday demanded a livelihood assistance of at least ten thousand pesos from the government for rural families affected by El Niño.  

“Kailangan maglaan ng budget ang gobyerno para sa mga pamilyang nasa kanayunan na apektado ng El Niño”, said Manning Rosario of Akbayan Partylist-Peasant Caucus and one of the leaders of Pambansang Katiupunan ng mga Samahan sa Kanayunan or PKSK. The loss in agriculture is estimated to be at 5 billion pesos in the first quarter of 2019. “Ang livelihood assistance ay suporta dahil sa kawalan ng aming hanapbuhay at para matawid ang pamilya namin sa gutom”, he added.  

During 2016 El Niño, a similar measure was taken by the previous administration.  The Department of Social Welfare and Development [DSWD] handed out 10,000 pesos as cash grants to 2.4 million rural families affected, mapped out by the inter-agency task force at the time. 

Akbayan Partylist slammed Malacañang spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday for flip-flopping on the issue of diplomatic protest to China on the entry of militia vessels around Pag-asa Islands.

"April Fools Day is over, Mr. Panelo. We don't have time to dilly-dally on the diplomatic protest with 600 Chinese ships already in the West Philippine Sea," Akbayan Partylist Congressman Tom Villarin said after Panelo clarified his own statement that a protest has not been filed yet, but is still "on the way".

"The Department of Foreign Affairs has to file the note verbale urgently especially that the livelihood of fishermen there have already been affected by the Chinese vessels, as reported by the Kalayaan mayor," Villarin added.