R. Tiglao Expose: Reasons Why Party-List System is Utterly Absurd, and a Mockery of Democracy


Veteran columnist and former Ambassador to Cyprus and Greece, Rigorberto Tiglao made another explosive expose as he revealed the reasons why the Party-List System is Utterly Absurb, and a mockery of democracy in the Philippines.


According to R. Tiglao, if there's any provision in our Constitution that indisputably has to be deleted, it is that which called for 20 percent of the House of Representatives seats to be given to the so-called "party-list representatives," supposedly to represent the country's marginalized sector.

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Tiglao explained that unlike the usual congressmen who were elected by voters registered in a political district, party-list representatives are elected by any voter anywhere in the country, who elect not the individual but the party-list, which then designates him as its representative.

The veteran columnist of The Manila Times also revealed that former Pres. Cory Aquino pushed for the party-list system in the year 1987, partly to crush the two-party system Aquino hated. The Party-List system has proven to be so utterly absurd, a scandalous mockery of our democracy. He also revealed that the Filipino taxpayers shoulder the party-list representatives' and their staff's salaries as well as expenses in the amount of about P2 billion per year.


R. Tiglao also noted that instead of power sectors—“labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural communities, women, youth, and such other sectors” as the Constitution put it—it has only given political clout to multi- millionaires, even two billionaires, so they could defend or expand their business interests. It has also given additional seats in Congress to provincial or regional political clans, for them to increase their political clout.

Aside from businessmen and billionaires as well as powerful political clans, the most ironical part of the party-list system is that they allegedly put cadres of the Communist Party in the House of Representatives giving them additional resources, especially finances-raised from our taxes-to advance their agenda to violently overthrow our democracy.

To know more about the expose of R. Tiglao, just head on to the official website of The Manila Times. 

Source: The Manila Times


R. Tiglao Expose: Reasons Why Party-List System is Utterly Absurd, and a Mockery of Democracy R. Tiglao Expose: Reasons Why Party-List System is Utterly Absurd, and a Mockery of Democracy Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 2/10/2018 Rating: 5

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