Philippine partylist system prostituted

Right-thinking Filipinos know in their hearts that the constitutionally-mandated Philippine partylist system has been abused, weakened, poisoned and prostituted.

And who are the culprits?

The elitist and power-hungry traditional politicians (tradpol) themselves whose sole goal in life as a ruling class is to control the power levers in the country.

Read a related news item below involving a son of ex-Pres. Gloria Arroyo.

Mikey Arroyo, a former congressman whose turf was taken over by her mother upon his behest in order to cloth her mother with a semblance of dignity and power at the end of her notorious 9-year tenure on June 30, 2010, is now the congressional representative of a party list of security guards in the Philippines. Only in the Philippines!

This is the zenith of political comedy and fraud in the country.

And the Commission on Election (Comelec) has helped perpetrate the fraud by allowing Mikey to sit in Congress to represent the security guards.

Militant Filipinos have filed a petition in the Supreme Court to question the Comelec decision.

As everybody knows, the Supreme Court is notoriously known as the Arroyo Court, from top to bottom. All its members were appointees of Gloria Arroyo.

The current chief justice, Hon. Renato Corona was the chief of staff of Arroyo in the senate. He served a presidential legal counsel and spokesman in the Palace. His midnight appointment one month before the May 10, 2010 presidential election was a scandal.

The public and the press berated Arroyo and Corona for the appointment.

Nothing has happened about it.

In fact, the Arroyo Supreme Court has ruled with finality that the midnight appointment of its own chief justice was valid and constitutional, thus, reversing a 50-yeard-old jurisprudential doctrine on the matter.

And that was the end of it.

Even the incumbent Pres. Noynoy Aquino could not do anything about it. For that is the state of the constitutional system in the Philippines (doctrine of separation of powers).

High court asked to stop Arroyo son from sitting in Congress
By Tetch Torres
First Posted 11:15:00 07/22/2010

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Akbayan party-list Representative Walden Bello and former Akbayan representative Loretta Ann Rosales asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to stop Juan Migual Arroyo from taking his seat as member of Congress.
In an urgent motion for early resolution, the two asked the high court to also cancel the registration of Arroyo’s Ang Galing Pinoy Partylist (AG).

The petition is a follow up to their May 7 petition for a temporary restraining order which argued that Arroyo is not a marginalized member of Philippine society.

Petitioners argued that Arroyo and his group failed to comply with Comelec Resolution 8807 requiring party-list candidates to show evidence that they truly belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s, the sectoral party, organization, political party, or coalition they seek to represent.

The same resolution requires the submission of the following pieces of evidence: track record of the party list showing active participation of the nominee(s) in the undertakings of the group in the advancement of the marginalized sector they represent; proofs that the nominee(s) truly adheres to the advocacies of the party list group; certification that the nominee(s) is/are a bona fide member of the party list group for at least 90 days; and in case of a party-list group, seeking representation of the marginalized and underrepresented sectors is not only an advocate of the party-list group but is also a member of the underrepresented sector.

However, petitioners said, as of 6 April 2010, the party-list group has not complied and to this date the Commission on Elections has not replied to their queries.
“If this Honorable Court fails to act with dispatch in the case at bar, it will result in the unfortunate situation wherein an individual becomes a member of the House of Representatives, despite not having complied with the Rules of Procedure of the Comelec,” petitioners said.

The party-list system was intended for the marginalized.

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