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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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Consultation for LP senatorial lineup still ongoing — Sen. Aquino

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV


MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party (LP) has yet to release the shortlist of its senatorial bets for the 2019 midterm elections even though the ruling party, PDP-Laban, has already released its senatorial slate.

LP Senator Bam Aquino said consultation is still ongoing for the creation of their line-up which will be the new face of the opposition group.

“I think ang hinahanap ng tao hindi rin yung mga lumang mukha at lumang pangalan. Naghahanap rin po sila ng mga bagong mukha at bagong pangalan,” Aquino said.

(I think people are not looking for old faces and old names. They are searching for new faces and new names.)

— UNTV News & Rescue

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PDP-Laban reveals senatorial slate for 2019 polls

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Ruling party PDP-Laban has bared its senatorial line-up which includes 20 personalities for the 2019 midterm elections.

Among them are six re-electionists namely, Senators Grace Poe, Sonny Angara, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Nancy Binay and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

The line-up is also composed of Representatives Ace Barbers, Albee Benitez, Karlo Nograles, Zajid Mangudadatu, Geraldine Roman, Reynaldo Umali and Pia Cayetano.

Also included in the slate are secretaries Special Assistant to the President Secretary Bong Go, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque,  presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, communications assistant secretary Mocha Uson, musician Freddie Aguilar, former interior secretary Raffy Alunan and TV reporter Jiggy Manicad.

According to the Senate president, the senatorial bets should express their support to the platforms of the political party.

“Titingnan natin ang service to the party. Tulungan naman ang partido. Alam mo number one advocacy namin federalism. Dapat magpakita sila na active sila sa federalism movement,” said Pimentel.

(We will look at their service to the party. The party is very supportive. Our number one advocacy is federalism. Members should show their active support to the federalism movement.)

The Senate president also said that the line-up will undergo the scrutiny of the party chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte.

The final line-up of the party’s senatorial slate is set to be released in September. — UNTV News & Rescue

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PDP-Laban reveals senatorial slate

by UNTV News   |   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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