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Abused party-list system EDITORIAL 02/27/2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Abused party-list system


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02/27/2010

Sectoral representation in Congress first started with the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, and at that period in congressional history, the sectoral representatives were appointed by Marcos.

His idea then, so it was said, was to ensure that a required number of congressmen, both elected and appointed, could stop any move made against Marcos.

The party-list system with which the Filipinos today are familiar, was institutionalized through a law
enacted in 1995, where a party, represented by its nominees, rather than an individual seeking a seat, is voted upon. The rationale behind the party-list voting was supposedly to provide proportional representation to sectoral groups, which system was also claimed to help create a “healthy democracy,” as it is supposed to provide a voice for the citizens in Congress and in local government.... MORE


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