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PDP Laban pushes for proportional representation to replace current party list system

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – If it were up to PDP Laban, it will push for their version of federalism that calls for a proportional representation instead of the current party list system.

According to PDP Laban Federalism Institute Executive Director Jonathan Malaya, their proposal provides that every political party joining the elections should have their own programs that will benefit different sectors of the society.

The political party who wins the elections will have the authority to appoint partylist representatives.

The PDP Laban’s version proposes for 150 representatives from the current 50.

The number of district representatives, on the other hand, remains at 300.

“We intend to strengthen the party list system. Why? Because they are limited to sectors there are confusions you create as many sectors as they are…the challenge now to all political parties is to recruit all these sectors within their party while these existing party list members would be better off joining the mainstream political party,” Malaya said.

The Makabayan bloc in the Lower House, however, disagrees with this proposal saying it deprives the marginalized sectors of their rights to be heard.

“Nakikita niyo naman sa bawat anti-people sa mga anti-manggagawa na mga proposal sa Congress kami lang ang naririnig na boses doon (As you can see in every anti-people,anti-worker proposals in Congress, the only voices you would hear are ours),” ACT Teachers party List Rep. France Castro said.

For Anak Pawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao, “Mga limitadong espasyo sa pampulitikang karapatan ng mamamayan ay minamaliit din ng proposal na ito (this proposal also looks down on the limited spaces in people’s political rights).”

ABS Party List Rep. Michael de Vera, one of the authors of the federalism in Congress, also said they cannot just abolish the current law.

“Napakaliwanag na po sa series of decisions ng Supreme Court especially yung Banat vs COMELEC, nung sinabi na bawal po na sumali sa party list system ang major political parties  (it is very clear in the series of decisions of the Supreme Court especially with the Banat vs Comelec it says that major political parties cannot join the party-list system),” De Vera said.

The Lower House is now deliberating each of the different versions of the proposed federalism.

They target to come up with the final form of the proposal and set it for a plebiscite along with the May 2019 National Elections. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country.

Duterte, the chairman of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday.

“As we [undergo] reforms in this administration, our unity is now more important than ever. I, therefore, ask the continued support of PDP-Laban and its partners in creating practical solutions to address the root cause of our nation’s problems,” Duterte said.

The Chief Executive also challenged the members of the ruling political party to remain true to its vision to promote good governance and to address issues that continue to strangle Filipinos.

“Let us remain committed to the party’s vision of liberating our people from the clutches of poverty, conflict, crime, illegal drugs and corruption through the promotion of justice, equality, and good governance,” he said.

He also called on his party-mates to promote the proposed shift to federalism which is a priority measure of his administration.

Present in the event were PDP-Laban President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The party assembly was held just a few days after President Duterte met with the two warring factions and urged them to settle their differences.

But Pimentel insists there is no faction in the PDP-Laban, saying one cannot highjack a party by holding an event and electing himself as its leader if he is a non-member.

Pimentel is referring to Rogelio Garcia, a classmate of Duterte, who claims to lead the other group.

Congressman Alvarez also agreed with Pimentel’s statement.

“Hindi. Isa lang. Isa lang talaga. Wala namang infighting. I think, mali lang iyong impression na iyan,” said Alvarez.

The members of the PDP-Laban are expected to meet again by September to iron out other issues. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue

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Pimentel on Arroyo as PDP-Laban Secretary General: ‘Not in the rules’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018


(L-R) House Speaker Gloria Arroyo (PCOO); Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel


PASAY CITY, Philippines –  “It was the House of Representatives that reorganized.”

This was the statement of PDP-Laban National President Senator Koko Pimentel when asked about calls from party members to elect newly installed House Speaker Gloria Arroyo as the party’s secretary general, a position currently being occupied by ousted Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Senator Pimentel explained that Arroyo’s election as House Speaker does not constitute her being elected to a higher position in the ruling party as it is not stated in the rules of PDP-Laban.

“It doesn’t mean a political party reorganizes when the House reorganizes because otherwise, you’re giving other political parties’ influence over a political party. Wala pong ganoon,” he said.

Arroyo was a no-show at PDP-Laban’s party meeting on Thursday (August 2) but Pimentel assured they will try to resolve the matter among them.

For his part, former Speaker Alvarez said he is open to giving up his position in the party for Arroyo. However, he said, let the party decide on the issue.

He assured he bears no grudge after his sudden ouster in the Lower House.

 “Okay naman ako. Sinabi ko nga na ako, the pain lasted for only 24 hours. After that wala na,” said the Davao del Norte congressman.

Alvarez said he has no plans of  competing for the minority leadership that’s why he opted to join ABS Party-list Representative Eugene de Vera whom he believes is the only remaining minority member. Instead, he plans to concentrate more on his responsibilities to his constituents in Davao del Norte.

Meanwhile, Pimentel said he has no problem with several lawmakers from PDP-Laban shifting alliances to the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

The Senator said there is no inconsistency in being a member of a national party and being a member of a regional party at the same time. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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PDP-Laban and Sarah Duterte’s ‘Hugpong’ eye merger

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2018


Mayor Sarah Duterte meets House Speaker Gloria Arroyo at a thanksgiving party at SEDA on July 30. (Image courtesy of Office of the House Speaker)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ruling Party PDP-Laban is eyeing for a coalition with Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte’s “Hugpong ng Pagbabago.”

The possible coalition was confirmed by PDP-Laban member Quezon City Representative Winnie Castelo on Monday (July 30).

PDP-Laban is also considering the election of Rep. Gloria Arroyo to a higher position in the party especially now that she sits as the House Speaker.

In a thanksgiving party today, Speaker Arroyo and Mayor Duterte-Carpio exchanged pleasantries together with several congressmen. Arroyo, however, refused to disclose what transpired from their discussion.

“No, no it’s a private lunch. Private social lunch,” Arroyo said.

Meanwhile, lawmakers confirmed that another manifesto is circulating among the congressmen seeking for the election of Ilocos Norte Representative Rudy Fariñas to the position of House Majority Leader.

However, Congressman Castelo said it will be a challenge because Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos is blocking his bid.

But Arroyo’s camp hinted that the Speaker’s choice for House Majority leader is between Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya and Capiz Representative Frednil Castro. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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