Hypocrisy in the party-list system | Inquirer Opinion
Close  

Hypocrisy in the party-list system

12:18 AM August 10, 2016

It’s time to abolish the party-list system. I’m not a big fan of politicians, particularly members of the House of Representatives; I’ve observed that they don’t really act the way they should, that is, serve the people, especially the poor. That is why it was a big relief to hear the news that President Duterte will abolish the party-list system.

I agree with Duterte. Party-lists and their representatives are a big joke. Can you imagine a multimillionaire politician claiming to represent the interest of laborers, peasants, urban poor and indigenous people; or publicly committing themselves to focus on advancing the interest of the worst-off citizens? It’s hypocrisy.

ADVERTISEMENT

If regular congressmen have among themselves billionaires like Manny Pacquiao (before he was elected senator), so do party-list representatives. In the current Congress, former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello counts 15 party-list representatives who come from the marginalized sectors against 44 others who do not. Yes, there are party-list congressmen who truly represent the marginalized but they are outnumbered, thus defeating the rationale for the system.

There should be no debate that the party-list system has been abused. Let me cite another proof. You don’t have to visualize how a 26.3-percent poverty incidence in the country looks like. Just look around you and you’ll see families living on sidewalks barely eating a meal in a day. Is there anybody attending to them? Where are the party-list “inventions” who are supposed to represent these marginalized people?

FEATURED STORIES
OPINION

—WINDSOR GENOVA, [email protected]

Subscribe to our opinion newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Manny Pacquiao, marginalized, party-list system, Walden Bello
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our opinion columns

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.