President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his plan to abolish the current political party-list system in the Philippines.
In a media conference, President Duterte shared his vision to jettison the Party-List system because of abused and misrepresented sectors in the country.
“With a new Constitution, I will insist: no party-list,” he said.
The leader said party-lists “abused” the system, with the rich organizing groups of their own.
“Representing what, security guards?” “That’s a mockery of the law,” Duterte in a briefing in a southern part of the country.
The chief executive said he would make sure changes to the Constitution would be responsive to the will of the people.
“I will not allow a Constitution that is anti-Filipino,” Duterte said.
The newly-elected leader also known in advocating and backing to amend the incumbent Philippine Constitution to change the form of government -into a Federal system.
His legislative agenda is now on the table, following a surprising “super coalition” in the two chambers – Senate and House of Representatives.
The plan of the chief executive in abolishing the Party-List system draws various comments in different sectors, such as different lawmakers and representative of some Party-List group.
Kabataan Party-List Rep. Sarah Elago, admitted that some group are truly abusing the representation of sectors in the lower house.
Some law experts sees abolishing the Party-List system is not an answer to ease the abuse of powers committed by politicians, they suggest that the Commission on Elections must create a strong criteria in selection of Party sectors in the country.
Currently, in 293 lawmakers about 55 representative are from the Party-List sector for the 17th Congress of the House of Representatives.
The country’s 1987 Constitution, specifically Article 6 Section 5.2, it states that 20 percent of total number of members of the lower house must be composed of representatives from marginalized sectors such as youth, woman, farmers etcetera.
“The party-list representatives shall constitute twenty per centum of the total number of representatives including those under the party list. For three consecutive terms after the ratification of this Constitution, one-half of the seats allocated to party-list representatives shall be filled, as provided by law, by selection or election from the labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural communities, women, youth, and such other sectors as may be provided by law, except the religious sector,” the party list provision of the Constitution.