Lawmaker rues SC decision favoring Mikey Arroyo on technicality

A MILITANT lawmaker Monday expressed his sadness on the Supreme Court decision that “allows an extreme anomaly and the continuing subversion of the party-list system.”

The SC declared final its decision dismissing all petitions challenging the qualification of former presidential son Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo as nominee of the Ang Galing Pinoy Party-list (AGP).

“The High Court dismissed the petition on mere technicalities and deliberately avoided taking the bull by its horns. The decision ensures the further marginalization of the marginalized in the party-list system.  It also keeps open the floodgates for multi-millionaires and scions of powerful political clans to subvert the party-list system,” Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said.

In July 2010, the Comelec allowed Mikey Arroyo to sit as AGP representative, saying one does not have to belong to a marginalized sector to represent a party-list group. It said it is enough that the nominee is a member of the group.

This prompted Bayan Muna’s Casiño and other party-list personages to go to the High Court, which later ruled that the case was within the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

“The Court should not have passed the buck to the HRET and used the case as an opportunity to correct the anomaly of multimillionaires and powerful politicians like Arroyo undermining the party list system,” said Casiño.

“We will definitely file a bill to amend the current party-list law (RA 7941) that shall put in place clear definitions of marginalized and under-represented to stop more Mikey Arroyo copycats and the ongoing bastardization of the party-list system,” Casiño said.-D’Jay Lazaro

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