Random party list listing may favour rich party list groups – Solon

BAYAN Muna Party list Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares today said that indeed the spirit and logic of the party list system is sound though it is also very limited. “However narrow, by allotting seats in Congress for the marginalized and underrepresented at least their voices would be heard and would be part in crafting legislation for their sectors. But the sad truth is that many party list groups were formed and/or are being abused by the rich and powerful to get more seats in Congress.

“Groups like the Ang Galing Pinoy of Mikey Arroyo have been using the party list system to gain access to Congress because they want to expand the clout of the Macapagal-Arroyos. It is no wonder that some groups bribe Comelec officials to be accredited and some are selling their seats to the highest bidder. In fact I would not be surprised if the random listing of party list groups would again be used by fake party lists to have an edge over others,” he added.

“The Comelec should really be strict in their criteria for accrediting party list groups because it will become a farce.  We already filed House Bill 4464 or An Act to Ensure That The Party-List System is Reserved For the Marginalized and Underrepresented Amending Republic Act No. 7941, Otherwise Known as the “Party-list System Act” for that Purpose, and we hope that the Comelec will adopt many of our guidelines even if the bill is yet to be enacted,” the lawmaker said.

“As for Bayan Muna and the Makabayan bloc coalition, we have remained true to our promise and advocacy to be the voice of the poor people in Congress. We have opened our statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) to the public so that they can see that we are not enriching our selves. We have even signed and submitted a waiver on all our bank accounts to the Office of the Ombudsman to up the ante on transparency and accountability and we hope that others will follow,” the progressive solon stressed.

“Our record speaks for itself. The bills and resolutions we have passed and the projects we initiated have the interest of the majority of the Filipino people at heart and we will continue this advocacy even in higher office,” Colmenares said.

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