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Partylist blues

Apparently, it’s time to update the old saying. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again—but this time as a party-list group. Politics. It’s certainly more fun in the Philippines.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Why stop partylist vote count?

The Commission on Elections decided to suspend the canvassing of party-list votes late afternoon of May 14, purportedly because of “issues” arising from the inclusion of disqualified party-list groups in the ballot.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

New partylist group vows to act for retirees

Our organization, Abante Retirees, has a noble desire to represent all retirees—whether soldiers, teachers or government employees—who have served our country in their prime. Few realize, however, that there has never been an active organization (like ours now, even though we are still a fledgling group) committed to work for more benefits, rights and privileges due our fellow retirees and the marginalized sectors of our society.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

More on the new partylist decision

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The controversial party-list cases have been remanded by the Supreme Court to the Commission on Elections for review. What the Comelec is required to do is to decide two related questions: (1) Which organizations may participate in the party-list system? (2) Who are qualified to represent the party-list organizations?

Posted: April 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Partylist system decrees inequality before the law

This refers to the column titled “The new party-list decision” (Inquirer, 4/15/13) of eminent Philippine Constitution framer Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas, S.J. As a layman, I saw Father Bernas’ explanation of the Supreme Court ruling slip into a case of “Catch 22.” Father Bernas explains that according to the ruling, the phrase “marginalized and underrepresented” refers only to those which by nature are economically marginalized; but then he justifies the inclusion of registered national, regional parties under “eiusdem generis,” but not necessarily in the sense of being economically disadvantaged.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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