Sunday, March 28, 2010

‘Reject partylist bets backed by politicos’

March 29, 2010 08:26:00
Doris C. Bongcac
Cebu Daily News

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PARTYLIST groups backed by outgoing officials or politically influential families should be rejected by voters, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said last Saturday.

Enrile, one of three Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) candidates endorsed by the administration One Cebu party, said the original purpose to give marginalized sectors proper representation in Congress was lost.

Instead, various groups not defined as marginalized under the Constitution proliferated and tried to avail of Congress representation. “It is being abused already,” said Enrile.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) came under fire after it released the nominees of 45 groups out of 187 accredited party-list organizations that included former Cabinet members, military officials and outgoing Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo.

The younger Arroyo gave way to his mother, outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

However, he is seeking a congressional seat under the partylist Ang Galing Pinoy group which is reported to represent the security guards.

Fifty seven seats are allotted for party-list representatives in the 287-member House of Representatives.

Comelec officials admitted that the party-list system needs guidelines for selecting nominees and procedures to disqualify them.

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