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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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PDP-Laban reveals senatorial slate

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The possible senatorial candidates of the PDP-Laban for the 2019 election

MANILA, Philippines — Almost every week the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) would go to different provinces in the country.

A significant number of politicians are seen jumping to the ruling party as 2019 midterm election nears.

On Tuesday, the political party’s secretary-general and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez introduced their 10 possible senatorial candidates. They are Senate President Koko Pimentel, Maguindanao Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali, Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Special Assistant to the President Sec. Bong Go, Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, and Mocha Uson.

“Marami na akong nilabas na pangalan pero ito naman ay lahat proposal lang. Tignan natin kung sino yung mga magre-rate sa survey,” said the secretary-general.

(I presented many names but all of them are only proposals. Let us see if they will rate in surveys.)

Pantaleon was quick to say that this is not some sort of premature campaigning because the list is not yet final.

“Hindi pa nagpa-file ng certificates of candidacy. Once mag-file ka ng COC, yun papasok na yung premature campaigning,” said Alvarez.

(There is no filing of the certificates of candidacy yet. Once you file a COC, that’s when premature campaigning happens.)

Alvarez believes that the party’s increase in number will help with the swift passage of federalism that the Duterte administration is pushing for.

“Malaking-malaki. Sa plebisito kasi, yung barangay mismo, sila yung magpapaliwanag sa taumbayan kung ano ang kagandahan ng bagong Saligang Batas,” said Alvarez.

(It is a big help. In a plebiscite, the barangay itself will explain the benefits of a new Constitution.)— Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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DILG to conduct nationwide info drive on federalism

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are set to conduct information campaign across the country to educate the public on the benefits of federalism.

DILG Assistant Secretary at federalism campaign chief Jonathan Malaya is confident that the general public will welcome the Duterte administration’s federal form of government.

“Ang ipapaliwanag mo na lang sa kanila is yung mas malaking pondong pupunta sa kanilang LGU (local government unit), yung serbisyong mas maganda (What needs to be explained to them is the bigger fund that will go to LGUs and the better services) ,” said Malaya.

Aside from its benefits, DILG also has other ways to make the concept easily understandable to the masses.

“Mag-iikot po kami (We will be going around). Gagawa po kami ng komiks, meron kaming mga kung ano-ano (We will be producing comics and other stuff),” said the campaign chief. “We produced this book with all of the leading federalists because we want to clear the issues,” he said.

Also, Malaya said the local government will have a huge role to help in the realization of the campaign.

The Duterte administration targets to implement federalism before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term in 2022. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue



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Pacquiao expresses dismay over Philippine culture of politics; admits desire to quit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao

Being a neophyte lawmaker, Senator Manny Pacquiao couldn’t hide his frustrations over what he witnessed in the system of politics in the Philippines.

The boxing champ did not detail the reasons for his apparent dismay over the culture of politics.

He admitted that sometimes he thinks of giving up his political career.

“Alam ninyo sa totoo lang, ito yung nadiskubre ko. Kung tatanungin mo ko ngayon sa pulitika, parang gusto kong madismaya,madiscourage, gusto kong umayaw na ganito pala ang pulitika, kasi hindi ako marunong mamulitika e,” Pacquiao said.

(To be honest this what I have discovered. If you will ask me now about politics, I feel dismayed, discouraged. I feel like quitting after realizing that politics is like this because I don’t engage in politicking.)

The senator divulged his sentiments when asked about the qualifications of certain controversial personalities included in the preliminary list of senatorial candidates of the ruling party- PDP-Laban.

The party’s president, Senate President Koko Pimental, said he wants to talk to Senator Pacquiao regarding the issue.

Pimentel said he feels for Pacquiao as he also went through the same situation when he was a newcomer.

The Pimentel also admitted that until now, he too has frustrations.

“Pareho kami ni Manny (Manny and I are the same). Anytime, we can turn our back on politics, ” he said.

“Meron sali-sali sa partido hindi naman naniniwala sa party ideology di ba frustrating yun? Dapat sumasali sa party dahil naniniwala sa programa sa ideology ng party, hindi dahil sa amin ang presidente,”Pimentel said.

(There are those who join the party but don’t believe in the party’s ideology. Isn’t that frustrating? You should join a party because you believe in their program and ideology, not because the president belongs to that party.)

Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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