Instead of providing genuine representation for marginalized sectors, the party-list system has become a tool for political clans to remain in power.
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Four of the top 10 partylist groups are linked to Duterte and his allies. Some of them also spent millions for ads, which means they either have huge funds or are funded by big business.
Party-list groups that represent workers, health workers, and victims of disasters were disqualified by Comelec while those with questionable credibility and advocacies were allowed by the Comelec to participate this coming elections.
After being roundly criticized, two high-profile officials were recently shoved out of Malacañang – presidential spokesman Harry Roque and assistant presidential communication secretary Mocha Uson – and they are now seeking election to Congress: Roque to the Senate, Uson to the House of Representatives. Their antics in opting to use the partylist system in the…
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Orgies of overspending, vote-buying, intimidation and outright coercion, and exercises through which a few political families have monopolized practically every elective office from city councilor to President, Philippine elections are already a mockery of representative democracy. The latest Supreme Court decision declaring the party-list system open to…
“The new interpretation of the partylist law not only watered down the very essence of the legislation but also opened the floodgates of Congress for millionaires and traditional politicians who are using the partylist system as a backdoor to the Lower House.”
The Kontra Daya campaign group denounced the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for dismissing the disqualification cases filed against presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo, who is the first nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy Partylist (AG).