The proclamation of Jovito Palparan and of Ma. Lourdes Arroyo as party-list representatives has shocked and amazed those Filipinos who’re still capable of those reactions in this country of wonders.

Palparan is the first nominee, and now the congressman, of a group called Bantay, which he says is a party list group of security guards and of the victims of the New People’s Army, the guerillas of which he sees everywhere, including in the very House of Representatives of which he’s now a part. (He insists that Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo was and still is an NPA guerilla.)

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