Wanted: Le­git party-list

Manila Times - - Opinion -

un­der-rep­re­sented. In fact, there are some groups that tend to make their con­stituents “over-rep­re­sented” in Congress ( e. g. geo­graph­i­cal “re­gional” party lists). A num­ber of or­ga­ni­za­tions have mil­lion­aire busi­ness­men as nom­i­nees, yet pur­port­edly rep­re­sent­ing cit­i­zens on the lower strata of the so­ci­ety that the sys­tem has been put to shame. The cur­rent party list sys­tem is not the in­ten­tion and will of the law when it was cre­ated. Abol­ish the party list! We don’t need a se­cu­rity guard party list, tri­cy­cle driver and op­er­a­tors, Bisaya pa more, Waray kuno and the like. It de­feats the pur­pose of hav­ing a con­gress­man from Bi­col to have an­other party-list pre­tend­ing to rep­re­sent Bi­colanos. No won­der by next elec­tion you’ll see a whole lot of To­das, taxi op­er­a­tors, bark­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, mas­sager group, sex work­ers, side­walk ven­dor, pedi­cab driv­ers ap­ply for ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Wake up, peo­ple, these groups are there for the power and money and not to rep­re­sent a cer­tain group or cause.”

From ERNIE: “And this trav­esty has pros­pered like mush­rooms with the ac­tive col­lu­sion of Com­elec which con­trols the back­door en­try some­how. Com­elec has in ef­fect be­come the party-list mem­ber­ship fac­tory. It is lim­ited not only by the 2 per­cent law but “equally” the im­prac­ti­cal­ity of hav­ing an un­lim­ited num­ber of party-list can­di­dates each elec­tion for the Smart­matic au­to­mated sys­tem would go crazy with ei­ther 2-me­ter long or 6 or so pages

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