Mufaida Alonto-Macatoman, first nominee of Ang Kabuhayang Kayang Kaya (AKKK) partylist group, wants to give a voice to “traders and small business” (Gutierrez, 2022, para. 2). In making sense of this claim, her professional background needs to be scrutinized.

Alonto-Macatoman is co-founder and current president and CEO of Global Empire International Group of Companies (About Us, n.d.; Kontra Daya, 2022). She is married to Abdulgani Macatoman, an undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He was chair of the Foreign Chamber Council of the Philippines (Undersecretary, Special Concerns, n.d.).

Global Empire International Group of Companies’ partners include Panasonic, NEC, and Cisco (Product overview, n.d.), as well as government agencies like the Departments of Agriculture; Environment and Natural Resources; and Social Welfare and Development (Government projects, n.d.).

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Kontra Daya (Against Fraud) is an election watchdog based in the Philippines.