Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Amended Petition for Registration of ALAM for partylist

Amended Petition 
for Registration 
of ALAM for partylist


As a summary, the petition states:

1. It is a political party anchored on advocacy for True and Genuine Press Freedom and the establishment of THE PEOPLE'S COURT where the people shall be the judges of factual issues and no longer the judge or the prosecutors, in the latter's case for the decision to file or not to file a criminal case in court.  This is similar to the Grand Jury and Trial Jury systems in the United States of America.

2. The petition presents statements and proofs that ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) exists in at least ten (10) regional chapters all over the country and in some provinces and cities, including National Capital Region (NCR).

If you want to read the petition, it is pasted below.

Patriotically yours,


BERTENI "TOTO" CATALUÑA CAUSING
President
Alab ng Mamamahayag


JERRY SIA YAP
Chairman
Alab ng Mamamahayag

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Republic of the Philippines
Commission on Election
Manila


IN RE: PETITION FOR REGISTRATION
UNDER THE PARTY-LIST SYSTEM OF
REPRESENTATION IN CONNECTION
WITH THE MAY 13, 2013 NATIONAL
AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, AND
SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS THEREAFTER



ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG, represented
by BERTENI CATALUÑA CAUSING                           Case No. _________
Petitioner,
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Amended
Petition for Registration
for
Partylist Elections




Petitioner ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM), by the undersigned law firm, respectfully submits this Amended Petition for Registration and/or Accreditation as a Political Organization for the Party-list System of Representation in connection with the May 13, 2013 National and Local Elections, and subsequent elections thereafter, AND HEREBY ADOPTS ALL THE EXHIBITS SUBMITTED as part of the “Petition for Registration for Partylist Elections” filed on March 30, 2012 and ADDS OTHER EXHIBITS.

The amendments are all underlined.

1.      The name of the Political Organization is ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG.

2.      The acronym of the Political Organization is “ALAM.”

3.      The nature of this organization is that it is a POLITICAL PARTY composed of qualified voters pursuing the same principles for the general conduct of the government, which principles are the beliefs that TOTAL and GENUINE FREE PRESS and PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY SYSTEMS) can the Philippines .

4.      The groups being sought to be represented by ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) are those composed of qualified voters bound together by similar and common principles of governance founded on TOTAL AND GENUINE FREE PRESS and PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY SYSTEMS).

Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAM) members, supporters and affiliates who all gave their consent to be represented by ALAM share the common belief for TOTAL and GENUINE FREE PRESS because they have that unshakeable belief that it is ONLY BY MAKING PRESS FREEDOM TOTALLY AND GENUINELY FREE THAT THE LIVES OF THE UNDERPRIVILEGED CAN BE MADE A LOT BETTER.

This common belief has been firmed up by tangible arguments that when press is totally free and genuine, then there is virtually total transparency and accountability in all government offices, services, biddings, awards of franchises, permits, arrests that are just, etc.

If there is total transparency and accountability, the underprivileged and unrepresented or underrepresented classes that include the journalists who form the original core of this Political Organization will have equal chance at every bidding, will feel comfortable that his merits are looked into as the bases when applying for any privileges or benefits or permits or franchises, will see all businessmen who are more honest in dealing with their customers and taxes, will see politicians and public servants who are more honest, will see fraud in elections disappear, will see sense of decency and civility rise drastically, will see people observing the rule of law as the only way, etc.

Total transparency and accountability also promote deeper discernment among the citizenry to know how to build a firm and fair justice system that is an everlasting system as the best legacy that could be left for the posterity, and that Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) members, supporters and affiliates  also share the common belief that the jury system of justice is the best tool invented by man to last as proven by countries that embrace jury system have no rebellion and to serve best the ends of Press Freedom as demonstrated by the everlasting memories of jury trial of Peter Zenger that led to his acquittal by the defense of truth in the publication despite the fact that he was being charged with libel by no less than the brute and arrogant New York province governor William Cosby.

THESE GROUPS OR SECTORS who share the principles of governance on Total and Free Press and Jury Justice System that are being sought to be represented by ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) are the following:

a.      Community print journalists in provinces
Almost all community journalists in almost all parts, regions, provinces and far-flung cities have given their consent to be represented by ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM).  The consent can be demonstrated by the attached pieces of evidence, in the form of resolutions executed by them, the photographs taken of them and taken along with national officers of ALAM in trips to the provinces.

These journalists can hardly survive in the provinces owing to the reality that newspapering is not a profitable endeavour but a vocation that amounts to a vow of poverty because any individual smitten by journalism becomes a journalist forever.

They earn so little and many times nothing from gathering events or details of information and writing them for their respective community weekly newspapers.  They publish on a weekly basis because they cannot afford to spend for the prohibitive cost of paper and printing.

These individuals draw a picture of sad reality about most journalists in the provinces.  They truly are under the spell of want of means to give them a decent living.

For being in financial distress all their life, provincial print journalists are prone to submit to the biddings of wealthy or powerful individuals with ill intentions.  Instead of staying as mouthpieces of truth, they are compelled by wants and needs either to keep or distort the truth.  This state of affairs will continue to chain the Filipino society in pitiful and dreadful Alcatraz of poverty, injustice, oppression and discrimination.

A few brave men and women of the provincial journalists ended up dead by the warrants of the evil lords in the society who got extremely angry these poor individuals who are by nature noisy.

Add to them the misfortune of a family member getting sick and they end up in deep shit.

Most provincial media men in the regions of the country cannot even send their children to school.  More sad is the fact that many in their ranks are undergraduate themselves due to high cost of education.

Despite these all negative extremes gripping them, they have continued to this day to keep the flickering flame of the Press giving light in the abbeys of lies, secrecy and hypocrisy.

These groups are no doubt underprivileged by any yardstick.  But they are unceasingly devoting their life to journalism to give candles to the benighted communities in the provinces.

These unprintable stories of their life and their irreversible love for FREE PRESS made them agree to the proposition that they form a partylist organization since this definitely can help make their lives a little better and strengthen their independence.

Specifically, ALAM intends to sponsor and push bills in the Congress requiring more legal and judicial notice publications to increase the number of beneficiary news weeklies, for a law that increases imprisonment for the crime of threats issued by any person against the members of the Press, and for a LAW THAT MAKES FRUSTRATED AND ATTEMPTED MURDERS AGAINST JOURNALISTS PUNISHABLE WITH RECLUSION PERPETUA.

In Iloilo, a broadcaster was shot but luckily survived.  If he was unlucky he could have been the second broadcaster killed in Region VI during the time of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.  Under the present law, if the gunman were arrested, he could still be freed on bail because the punishment is below Reclusion Perpetua.

On March 11, 2012, two persons and their father attempted to murder provincial journalist Jaime Aquino in Bayambang, Pangasinan. Luckily, the bullets did not blast off in all five times that the triggers were pulled by the assassins and the stab attack did not hit.  Aquino is the Regional Coordinator of ALAM Chairman in the Ilocos Region.

On the same day of March 11, 2012, Daily Tribune reporter Fernan Angeles was shot seven times by a drug lord in Pasig City.  Luckily, Angeles survived the assault.  However, Angeles is now in dire straits because his newspaper is no more kin in keeping him as its reporter.  A sad plight indeed.

In both the cases of Aquino and Angeles, the assaults were revolting to conscience but the law allows the assailants to post bail. It is in their cases that the eyes of ALAM have been opened to move for a law penalizing attempted and frustrated murder against journalists with Reclusion Perpetua. This is because like murder all initial acts of execution were actually performed and it does not make any difference with murder against journalists because in all cases premeditation to kill by a gun-for-hire or not was there.

ALAM seeks to represent these groups of print journalists because it wants to increase the level of independence of their reporting.  This is intended to be done by ALAM in pushing for a bill imprisoning any person committing any threat, grave or light, against any journalist; a bill seeking to imprison any violation of press freedom, either by preventing the gathering of news, writing of news, or publishing or broadcasting of news.


b.     BROADCAST PROVINCIAL JOURNALISTS –
These are a group of press freedom practitioners who are similarly situated as the community print journalists. The only difference between them is that the broadcasters are mostly in radio while the others are in print journalism.  Some broadcasters however practice print journalism, too.

ALAM intends to represent and journalists it has reached out to have consented to be represented by ALAM.

ALAM wants to empower the broadcasters by pushing for laws imprisoning owners or managers of radio stations and others who caused the booting out or stopping of their radio programs or the broadcasting from continuing to broadcast, whether on the same or another program, block time or not, unless the cause is non-payment of the air time in cases of block timers.

ALAM knows too well that one common problem of radio broadcasters, block time or not, is that they are often pushed out when an influential person demanded from the radio station owner or manager for their ouster.


c.       METRO MANILA JOURNALISTS
Most of these journalists, in broadsheets or tabloids, in print or in radio, are actually among those living in poverty level.

Many who find work merely work as correspondents, which position is defined by the industry as one where the journalist concerned is paid only on a per-story basis.  Usually, the number of stories published are not enough to earn for their tables, as low as P2,000.00.

There are also others among them who are not paid for the stories or photographs they submitted that were eventually published.  They are forced by circumstances to ask for money from public officials in exchange for the stories or photos that came out in their newspapers.  There are lots of them in the police beats, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs and other offices.  Many of them are prone to accept doleouts from officials in exchange for silence or press releases.

There is a need to help them make both ends meet in order for them to be less prone to this culture of “giving” and empower their hearts to write more aggressively and more independently.

At the Customs bureau, they are labelled “hao shiao” or “bogus” journalists.  This is because they no longer write as they should as they are beholden to smugglers and corrupt bureau officials. 


d.     NEWS DEALERS, NEWS SELLERS, NEWS BOYS
These are a group of people who without them newspapers in Metro Manila cannot live without.

While news dealers are a little bit better, news sellers who sell newspapers on sidewalks and news boys who sell on the streets are actually among the poorest sectors of the country.

They sell on a day expecting to at least make both ends meet.

ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) seeks to represent them in the Congress and to at least institute mechanisms whereby they can avail of some help by way of providing for emergency hospital needs and emergency loans.

In the meeting of ALAM with newspaper dealers who call their group as Print Media Dealers Organization, they voiced out these concerns.

Additionally, ALAM seeks to get the ranks of tabloid newspapers to agree to be more decent in the contents of their newspapers as requested by these newspaper dealers who suffer losses when police authorities would confiscate their newspapers bearing “sexy photos.”

Upon assurance of ALAM that it will work on those requests, PMDO officials passed a resolution to support fully the bid of ALAM to register in the partylist system of elections and to campaign for it.

Nevertheless, all of them identify with ALAM because they, too, are strong believers in Press Freedom.


e.      TRIBESMEN WHO LEARNED TO LOVE THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS

This group of individuals are those who learned to love the Liberty of the Press and Grand Jury and Trial Jury System after they were educated as to the significance of these principles in their existence in the society that discriminates them.

As is written above, these tribesmen believe that Total Free Press and Jury System will work to build a government that is much better and that treats all people, the indigenous ones, fairly and equally.

ALAM seeks to represent them in the Congress and they consented thereto to be their strong voice to make their cries, plight and plaints getting responses.

ALAM seeks to represent thousands of Manobos, Mamanwas and Higaonons who are wallowing in decades of official neglect and despair.

Their datu leaders who talked to ALAM narrated about unbelievably inhuman experience of their people.  They said that 90% of them do not know how to read and write because there are no schools in the mountains where their homes are.

ALAM seeks to represent them and they agreed as such to bring schools to the mountains, informal or formal, to educate their people.

ALAM also resolved to work for new laws to amend or modify the present Indigenous People’s Rights Act that is set to expire in nine years when only very few have been approved of the thousands of applications for declaration of ancestral domains.

Their applications with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) have been gathering dust, some for reasons the tribes concerned do not have money to pay for the geodetic surveys required while other applications were simply not acted upon.

Other datus of these tribes sought the help of ALAM in their problem of corruption that caused them not to get any centavo for the royalties for the mining activities done in their ancestral domains.

These datus complained that these mining companies were granted permits despite the lack of their Free and Prior Informed Counsel (FPIC).  ALAM seeks to represent them with the consent of their datus in order to crush the corruption that has caused miseries on them.  Already, billions of pesos in royalties have been denied them.

These datus believe that by strengthening the press, a lot of worms will be blown out of the cans of corruption.  These datus believe further that when there is that pairing GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY systems as a true PEOPLE’S COURT SYSTEM or Hukuman ng Mamamayan, the government of the Philippines will progress in almost all aspects.

ALAM seeks to build human infrastructures among the tribesmen by training them to become effective journalists for their tribes so that all events that happen in their mountains are reported to the public.


f.       B’LAAN TRIBESMEN WHO CRY FOR ANCESTRAL LANDS
ALAM has also reached out to datus of B’Laan tribe in General Santos City and South Cotabato and they agreed to be represented by ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM).

After lectures about the Liberty of the Press and the PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY AND TRIAL JURY), B’Laan tribesmen dream of true and genuine free press for they now believe that it is the only way to liberate them from exploitation, ignorance, abuse and corruption that have imprisoned them in the walls of extreme poverty, AND of PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM that will not be manipulated by the powerful and the moneyed.

ALAM seeks to bring to them schools, formal and informal, train them to be journalists as this skill will enable them to stand stronger, fight strongly and increase awareness among the members of the tribe.

ALAM will also work for the speedy processing of their ancestral domain applications aside from pushing for the bills that will institute government funds for the immediate surveys of their lands being applied for delineation, identification and recognition as ancestral domains.


g.      URBAN POOR OR INFORMAL SETTLERS
These are people who are the most vulnerable in the urban centers of the country.

ALAM seeks to represent dozens of homeowners associations who agreed to be so in the firm belief that supporting the bid of ALAM will give more strength to the Liberty of the Press and establish PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY).

Many of these associations have pledged to support the bid of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) to be registered as a partylist, in the firm belief that it is the best way now available to strengthen press freedom.

Like other sectors stated above, the urban poor communities believe that their grievance for homes of their own can be attended to only when there is full transparency in housing agencies, local governments and other related offices.

They also believe that full transparency can only happen if the PRESS is truly and genuinely free and there is dependable, always fair, competent and always independent justice system that is PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM or the Grand Jury and Trial Jury System.

They all agreed to ALAM that their decades of official neglect and use by politicians as vote givers have been caused by apathy, fear and greed.  They believe that these bad circumstances will not repeat if there is TRULY FREE PRESS and TRULY DEPENDABLE JUSTICE SYSTEM WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE THE JUDGES ON FACTUAL ISSUES.

ALAM assured them that the social housing laws that have deadly loopholes, like allowing the local governments to demolish their homes without court orders, and incomplete mechanisms in Republic Act 7379 that allows fake title syndicates to victimize them and the government will be renovated.  An example  of this is the fact that fake title holders managed to sell to the National Housing Authority (NHA) lands with fake titles where the lands shall be subdivided among the poor residents who would pay the NHA (now to the new entity Socialized Housing Finance Corp. (SHFC).  Now that it turned out that the titles are fake the urban poor residents are in quandary and the government housing agency is in limbo on how it could recover.

h.     DRIVERS AND SMALL-TIME OPERATORS OF TRANSPORT UNITS

Tens of thousands of transport drivers and operators, including tricycles and jeepneys, pledged full support and agreed to be represented by ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) in the Congress to voice out their concerns and did so also because its members believe in TRUE and GENUINE FREE PRESS and PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY SYSTEM).

The biggest among these groups that has members of more than three (3) million is Public Transport Alliance of the Philippines (PTAP).

PTAP’s members consist of operators and drivers associations all over the Philippines.

One association of operators and drivers that has pledged to work full time for ALAM is Airmen Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (AJODA), whose route is Nichols-Baclaran in Pasay and Parañaque areas.

These transport groups who have been struggling daily on roads just to sustain their families while at the same time getting corruption treatment in the hands of officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and local governments.

They believe that if there is TRUE AND GENUINE PRESS, transparency and accountability will be drastically raised and this condition will remove the shady activities of manipulators or fixers who profit big from overpricing franchise fees and “kotongeros” who mulct weekly from colorum vehicles in exchange for non-apprehension.

They also believe that when there is that PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (GRAND JURY and TRIAL JURY) that cannot be bent by any influence and money, their expenses in applying for renewal of franchises will stripped of those that go to fixers and corruption and the system of protection of colorum vehicles by traffic officials will stop.


i.        POOR RESIDENTS IN URBAN BARANGAYS
Another sector that agreed to be represented by Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is that composed of poor barangay residents in cities whose work is not permanent.

In various meetings with these persons in the Manila, Pasay, Pasig and Quezon City, they are all educated now on the significance of TRUE AND GENUINE PRESS, believing that the existence of this state of affairs is the only condition required that transparency and accountability in all aspects are assured, and the PEOPLE’S JUSTICE SYSTEM (Grand Jury and Trial Jury), believing firmly that this will ensure firm and fair justice system for all kinds of people, rich or poor, Christians or non-Christians, indigenous or not.

And when transparency and accountability are assured in private and government offices, they will have better chances of engaging in their small businesses.  And when firm and fair justice is assured, that transparency and accountability will always be protected against those who will attempt to destroy the same and these are people who are greedy, abusive, wily, manipulators, fixers, and others of their kind.


j.        LABOR SECTORS
Also agreeing to support the bid of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) are several groups of labor organizations.

After having been educated by ALAM as to the significance of TRUE and GENUINE PRESS, the first thing that came to the mind of labor groups was the promotion of drastic transparency and accountability that will now prevent the bribery activities from happening among the labor arbiters and the commissioners of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).  This will even up the system of justice at the labor adjudication. They fully understand the indispensability of installing People’s Justice System (Grand Jury and Trial Jury) that it shall forever protect the transparency and accountability by reason of the nature of its mechanism that is nearly impervious to influences.

These labor groups noted that corruption in the labor arbiters’ offices and the NLRC has been too rampant.

ALAM seeks to represent them with the intention of overhauling the system of adjudication in the labor issues.

In addition, ALAM agreed to these labor groups that there is a need to put teeth to the Labor Code by enacting imprisonment for violations of labor standards, labor relations provisions, and evasion or avoidance of judgements.


k.     JURY SYSTEM ADVOCATES
Also supporting Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) bid is Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement, Inc. (HMMI), a non-governmental group that advocates the establishment of the jury system to replace the 112-year-old single judge and fiscal system.

HMMI has been actively involved in educational campaign to educate the Filipinos about this system of justice in order for them to demand for this system where the PEOPLE ARE MORE DIRECTLY EXERCISING THE POWER TO JUDGE.

The members and officers of HMMI are also people that can be classified as underprivileged.

Other jury advocacy association that is pushing for ALAM is Philippine Jury International Association Inc. (PJIAI), where the president is Dean Ponciano Subido.


5.      The president of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is Berteni Cataluña Causing. 

Causing has been appointed by ALAM directors to represent it before the Commission on Elections, sign the petition for registration or accreditation, sign the verification and certificate of non-forum shopping, and all other acts necessary and implied in the performance of those powers.

As proof of the authority, the corresponding Board Resolution of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is attached hereto as ANNEX “A.”

6.      The principal headquarters of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) is at Room 102, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila.  This is also at the same its postal office address.

7.      The officers of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG as shown by the General Information Sheets (GIS), the Articles of Incorporation and the By-Laws as an association are as follows:

a.      BERTENI CATALUÑA CAUSINGPresident, whose postal address is Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila;

b.      JERRY SIA YAPChairman, whose postal address is Room 103 Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila;

c.       EDWIN ROÑO ALCALASecretary, whose postal address is  Room 103 Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila;

d.     CIRILO P. SABARRE JR. – Treasurer, whose postal address is Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila;

e.      HERNANI QUIRINO CUAREPress Relations Officer, whose postal address is Ground Floor, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, 1002 Manila;



8.      Petitioner ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) expressly expresses the FULL INTENION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2013 PARTY-LIST ELECTIONS AND SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS THEREAFTER.

This intention rooted from extreme disgust by the core members of ALAM that the reality shows that not even the good government leadership of the incumbent President can stop the killings committed against the members of the journalism community all over the world.

Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) has actually been organized since January 25, 2011, sparked by the brutal murder committed on January 24, 2011 against another broadcaster Dr. Gerry “Doc Gerry” Ortega in Puerto Princesa City.

That murder was too much to the Philippine Press because it showed that there was no stopping murderers from killing journalists despite the fact that the new administration had already rooted and the Maguindanao massacre that shocked the whole world on November 23, 2009.

The murder of Doc Gerry was the FIFTH to occur since President Benigno Simeon Aquino III took office on July 1, 2010.

That murder of Doc Gerry triggered the passions of PRESS FREEDOM LOVERS, especially among the journalists, for these individuals to be bound stronger by the common burning interest in the advocacy FOR TOTAL AND GENUINE FREE PRESS.

Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAM) members, supporters and affiliates share the common ideal that it is ONLY BY MAKING PRESS FREEDOM TOTALLY AND GENUINELY FREE THAT THE LIVES OF THE UNDERPRIVILEGED CAN BE A LOT BETTER AND THE COUNTRY BE IN BETTER STATE AND ONLY BY INSTITUTING THE PEOPLE’S JUSTICY SYSTEM (Grand Jury and Trial Jury) THAT THE GAINS OF FREE PRESS CAN BE PRESERVED.

This common interest has been firmed up by tangible arguments that when press freedom is totally free and genuine, then there is virtually total transparency and accountability in all government offices, services, biddings, awards of franchises, permits, arrests that are just.

If there is total transparency and accountability, the underprivileged classes that include the journalists who form the original core of this Political Party as a partylist will have equal chance at every bidding, will feel comfortable that his merits are looked into as the bases when applying for any privileges or benefits or permits or franchises, will see all businessmen who are more honest in dealing with their customers and taxes, will see politicians and public servants who are more honest, will see fraud in elections disappear, will see sense of decency and civility rise drastically, will see people observing the rule of law as the only way, etc.

Total transparency and accountability also promote deeper discernment among the citizenry to know how to build a firm and fair justice system that is an everlasting system as the best legacy that could be left for the posterity, and that Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) members also share the common belief that the jury system of justice is the best tool invented by man to last as proven by countries that embrace jury system have no rebellion and to serve best the ends of Press Freedom as demonstrated by the everlasting memories of jury trial of Peter Zenger that led to his acquittal by the defense of truth in the publication despite the fact that he was being charged with libel by no less than the brute and arrogant New York province governor William Cosby.

Additionally, these gains of FREE PRESS can only be protected by means of the firmest and the fairest justice system invented by man, which system is one composed of Grand Jury and Trial Jury.

9.      ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) has organized chapters in majority of the regions of the country and it is still continuing on recruiting and organizing in all other regions that are left.  Nevertheless, it is manifested that ALAM will submit a supplemental petition for the purpose of including the regional chapters organized after the filing of this petition.

As of this date of filing, March 30, 2012, the following are the regional chapters, and sub-regional chapters thereof, which are as follows:

a.      ALAB NG MAMAHAYAG (ALAB) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Chapter – whose office address is located at Calupaan, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Arturo M. Diaz – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Tony Pammit – Regional Vice-President for Ifugao
                                                                     iii.      Menard M. Diaz – Regional Asst. Vice-President for Ifugao;
                                                                     iv.      Lucio Lupos – Regional Vice-President for Kalinga/Apayao
                                                                        v.      Judilyn L. Capuyan – Regional Asst. Vice-President for Kalinga;
                                                                     vi.      Joy Lupos – Regional Secretary
                                                                   vii.      Salome L. Dimalanta – Regional Director


All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – CAR chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in CAR and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “CAR.”

b.      ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Ilocos (Region I) Chapter – whose office address is Mapandan, Pangasinan.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Jaime Aquino – Regional President and Regional Coordinator
                                                                       ii.      Val Adriano B. Sumalot – Provincial coordinator for La Union
                                                                     iii.      Marilyn G. Pacris – Provincial coordinator for Ilocos Norte
                                                                     iv.      Johnmar “Jun” C. Gaoat – Provincial coordinator for Ilocos Sur

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Since the proofs of existence of the regional chapter of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) in Region I or Ilocos Region was not submitted along with the filing of this petition last March 30, THESE PROOFS ARE NOW ATTACHED HERETO as ANNEX “R-1” and series, CONSISTING OF THE “RESOLUTION STRONGLY ENDORSNIG THE PETITION FILED BEFORE THE COMMISSION ON ELECTION (COMELEC) NATIONAL OFFICE FOR THE ACCREDITATION OR REGISTRATION OF THE ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) AS ONE OF THE NATIONWIDE OFFICIAL PARTYLIST CANDIDATES FOR THE SCHEDULED ELECTIONS ON MAY 2013” and the LETTER TO THE REGIONAL ELECTION OFFICER OF REGION 1.


c.       ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Cagayan Valley (Region II) Chapter – whose office address is Barangay Bantug, Roxas, Isabela.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Fidel A. Coloma – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Ver Malabanan – Vice President for Isabela
                                                                     iii.      Silver Espejo – Vice President for Nueva Vizcaya
                                                                     iv.      Bong Naguimbing – Assistant Vice President for Nueva Vizcaya
                                                                        v.      Noel Mamaclay – Vice President for Quirino
                                                                     vi.      Rafael Cabral  - Assistant Vice President for Quirino
                                                                   vii.      Rico Calubaquib – Vice President for Cagayan
                                                                viii.      Rhona Jane Bon – Regional Secretary

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Cagayan Valley (Region II) Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Cagayan and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “R 2.”


d.     ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Central Luzon (Region III) Chapter – whose office address is at 144 Balite St., San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Salvador Arevalo – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Armando Y. Feliciano – Regonal Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Lynn S. Lacsamana – Regional Secretar
                                                                     iv.      Veronica Paule – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Carlyn Bueno – Regional Auditor

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Central Luzon (Region III) Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Central Luzon and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “R 3.”

Further, proofs of Central Luzon’s provincial chapters are also submitted hereto as part of ANNEX “R-3” as follows:

ALAM – BATAAN CHAPTER – Resolution signed by officers;

ALAM – BULACAN CHAPTER – Resolution signed by officers and advisers;

ALAM – PAMPANGA CHAPTER – Resolution signed by officers and advisers;


e.      ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter – whose office Room 102, National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila.  The regional officers are as follows:


                                                                          i.      Joel Maquisa Sy Egco – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Bening Batuigas – Regonal Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Arlie Calalo – Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Renato Taboy – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Mario Alberto Danguila – Regional Auditor


All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – NCR Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in NCR and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “NCR”

NCR is the biggest of all regions of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) in terms of number of members and chapters.  Its sub-chapters in NCR are as follows:

i.        MANILA Chapter – President is Bening Batuigas
ii.                 ALAM - Manila Tondo II Chapter – President is Alejandro Cruz;
iii.               ALAM - Barangay Baseco Chapter – President is Wenceslao Guinto Jr.;
iv.               ALAM - CAMANAVA Chapter – President is Arlie Calalo;
v.                  ALAM – Caloocan Chapter – President is Grande del Prado;
vi.               ALAM – Navotas Chapter – Ismael Santos;
vii.             ALAM – Valenzuela Chapter – Jimmy Olegario
viii.          ALAM – Pasay Chapter – Joseph Javier
ix.                ALAM – Makati Chapter – Alvin Murcia


Further, proofs of NCR’s sub-chapters are also submitted hereto as part of ANNEX “NCR” as follows:

ALAM – Manila Police District Press Corps Chapter– Resolution signed by officers led by president is Bening Batuigas;

ALAM – Baseco Chapter – Resolution signed by the officers led by its president Wenceslao Guinto Jr., with photos;

ALAM – Tondo II Chapter – Resolution signed by the officers led by its president Alejandro Cruz;

ALAM – Quezon City Chapter – Resolution signed by the officers led by its president Lily P. Reyes;

ALAM – Progressive Tri-Media Southern Metro Chapter – Resolution led by its president Joseph Javier;

ALAM – Camanava Chapter – Resolution led by its president Arlie Calalo; with photos;

ALAM – Caloocan Chapter – Resolution led by its president Grande del Prado;

ALAM – Navotas Chapter – Resolution led by its president Ismael Santos;

ALAM – Valenzuela Chapter – Resolution led by its president Jimmy Olegario;

ROSTER OF MEMBERS of ALAM in Metro Manila totalling 457 persons.



f.        ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Calabarzon (Region IV-A) Chapter – whose office Tabalan St., Barangay 5, Calamba City, Laguna.  The regional officers are as follows:


                                                                          i.      Rubie T. Garcia – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Zen Trinidad – Regonal Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Jenny Glifonea – Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Grace Maniaga  – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Barbara S. Plana – Regional Auditor
                                                                     vi.      Arlene Mariposque – Director
                                                                   vii.      Sol Luzano – Director
                                                                viii.      Archie M. Gadang – Director
                                                                      ix.      Josephine “Joy” Escovidal – Director
                                                                        x.      Johnny S. Pavon – Director
                                                                      xi.      Nestor Burgos - Director

Two (2) pictures are also attached depicting the office of the chapter in Calabarzon and the organizational meeting at the NPC Building.

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – NCR Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in NCR and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “NCR”

The Calabarzon chapter has its sub-chapters such as:

ALAM Cavite Chapter – President is Marie Grace C. Maniaga and their resolution and photos;

ALAM Laguna Chapter – President is Pedro Afuang Mabras with photos;

ALAM Rizal Chapter – President is Jorge “Jie” Convocar with photos taken at Rizal organizational meeting;

g.      ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Mimaropa (Region IV-B) Chapter – whose office is at DWOM-FM Compound, Bonbon, Oriental Mindoro.  The regional officers are as follows:


                                                                          i.      Jose “Joe” Leuterio– Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Conrado “Ding” Vega – Regional Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Juancho “Choi” Mahusay - Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Noraida Rocco – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Melissa Angeles – Regional Auditor
                                                                     vi.      Roberto Vilavincencio – PRO

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Mimaropa Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Mimaropa and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “IV-B”


h.      ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Central Visayas (Region VII) Chapter – whose office is at 33 Del Rosario St., Barangay Day-as, Cebu City.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Junex Doronio – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Jose “Pepe” P. Sollano – Regional Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Jannet Monares - Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Marijen Gulane – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Damian “Micmic” C. Bustamante – Regional Auditor
                                                                     vi.      Arnel I. Bacalan – PRO

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Central Visayas Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Central Visayas and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “7”
i.        ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Davao (Region XI) Chapter – whose office is 3rd Floor Cagas Bldg., Rizal Ave., Digos City, Davao del Sur.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Joseph Jay P. Enginco – Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Emmanuel R. Javellana – Regional Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Benjamin D. Arche - Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Ana Mae D. Mulat – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Rick D. Torrecampo – Regional Auditor
                                                                     vi.      Emmanuel C. Causing – PRO

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Davao Region Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Central Visayas and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “11”


j.        ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAB) – Caraga Region Chapter – whose office is at Brgy 12, Poblacion, Dapa, Surigao Del Norte.  The regional officers are as follows:

                                                                          i.      Roberto “Jun” Parada– Regional President
                                                                       ii.      Max Tutor – Regional Vice President
                                                                     iii.      Aidye Chryn Ortega - Regional Secretary
                                                                     iv.      Judith S. Surarez – Regional Treasurer
                                                                        v.      Lito Q. Ucab – Regional Auditor

All these officers have consented to act as such and to work for the objectives of ALAM.

Proofs of the consent of these officers and the existence of the chapter are Board Resolution of ALAM – Caraga Chapter signed by all these officers, Letter to the Regional Election Officer in Central Visayas and photographs of the chapter office and officers, which proofs are attached as Annexes “A”, “B” and “C,” respectively, of the Affidavit of Declaration of Existence of Regional Chapter of Alab ng Mamamayahag (ALAB), and this affidavit is attached hereto as ANNEX “CARAGA”


10.  ALAM is not coalesced with any other registered sectoral partylist.

11.  But ALAM has affiliates in the persons of various and varied non-governmental organizations that are not religious and not drawing funding from foreign sources, which affiliates although not registered with the Comelec has given their consent to support ALAM in the registration for partylist elections, which affiliates are as follows:

a.      NATIONAL PRESS CLUB of the Philippines – the biggest and the oldest organization of newsmen all over the country having more than 10,000 members, whose office is 4th Floor National Press Club Bldg., No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila. 

A COPY OF ITS BOARD RESOLUTION DECLARING FULL SUPPORT TO ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) is attached hereto as ANNEX “NPC.”

b.      PRINT MEDIA DEALERS ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES – an organization of the biggest newspapers dealers and distributors in the entire Philippines. 

A copy of the Board resolution of PMDAP declaring full support for the petition for registration of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is attached hereto as ANNEX “PDMO.”

c.       AIRMEN JEEPNEY OPERATORS AND DRIVERS ASSOCIATION (AJODA) is one of the most vibrant and biggest transport organization in Pasay City, operating from Nichols to Baclaran and vice versa.

A copy of the Board Resolution of AJODA declaring full support to the bid of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is attached hereto as ANNEX “AJODA.”

d.     HUKUMAN NG MAMAMAYAN MOVEMENT INC. (HMMI), the biggest organization of advocates of jury system in the Philippines.

A copy of the Board Resolution of HMMI declaring full support for the bid of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) to register in the partylist system of elections is attached hereto as ANNEX “HUKUMAN.”



12.  Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is neither an adjunct or a project of the government, or one funded by the government;

13.  Nor Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) is a religious sect or organization or denomination or association organized for religious purposes.

14.  Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) neither advocates violence or unlawful means to achieve its goals.

15.  Alab ng Mamamahayag is neither a foreign organization or party.

16.  Alab ng Mamamahayag is neither receiving funds from any foreign sources, directly or indirectly, through its members or otherwise.

17.  Alab ng Mamamahayag has existed for more than one (1) year since January 25, 2011, formed after broadcast journalist Dr. Gerry “Doc Gerry” Ortega was assassinated on January 24, 2011 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

18.  Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) commits to comply with the laws, rules and regulations relating to elections.

19.  In support of this petition, the following documents are also attached as integral parts of this petition, to wit:

a.      CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS as an organization seeking registration under the partylist system of registration – attached hereto as ANNEX “CBL.”

b.      Platform or program of government – a copy is attached hereto as ANNEX “PLATFORM.”

c.       Manifestation of Intent to participate in the next immediately succeeding elections, a copy is attached hereto as ANNEX “INTENT.”

d.     List of all officers and members of Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM) showing that the majority of its membership and officers belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s it seeks to represent, considering that there has been no representative in the Congress representing the media and press freedom lovers.  The list of the officers of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) as a political party is attached hereto as ANNEX “OFFICERS.”

e.      Certificate of Incorporation of ALAM issued by SEC, a copy attached as ANNEX “SEC.”

f.        Article of Incorporation of ALAM approved by SEC, a copy attached as ANNEX “AOI.”

g.      By-Laws of ALAM approved by SEC, a copy attached as ANNEX “BL.”

h.      The Constitution and By-Laws of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) as a Political Party is attached hereto as ANNEX “CBL.”

i.        The Platform of Government of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) as a Political Party is attached hereto as ANNEX “PG.”


The Prayer


WHEREFORE, it is prayed of the Honorable Commission to register and accredit ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) as a Political Party for the Party-List Elections of May 13, 2013 and the subsequent elections thereafter and subsequent elections thereafter, and that the corresponding CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION and/or accreditation be issued in favor of ALAB NG MAMAMAHAYAG (ALAM) Party-List. 

Further, it is being prayed that its Manifestation of Intent to participate in the May 13, 2013 partylist elections be granted.

Other reliefs just and equitable are also prayed for.

Respectfully submitted, Manila.  April 4, 2012.

RENTA PE CAUSING SABARRE CHAN CASTRO & ASSOCIATES
Mailing Address: Ground Floor, National Press Club
No. 1 Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila / Tel/Fax: 3109144


By:


CIRILO P. SABARRE JR.
IBP No. 856677/ 01-03-2012
PTR No. 11731429 / 01-03-2012
Roll No. 53639  /   MCLE No. IV-0003755 / 12-07-2011




DERVIN V. CASTRO
IBP No. 836900/ 11-18-2010 up to 2012
PTR No. 0335125 / 01-03-2012
Roll No. 53624 / MCLE No. III-000140 / 12-24-2010




BERTENI CATALUÑA CAUSING
IBP No. 894664 / 03-20-2012 / Manila
PTR No. 0675267 / 03-27-2012 / Manila
Roll No. 60944 / MCLE (Admitted only in 2012)



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