The Charter and the party-list system

The Charter and the party-list system

Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos

Just less than two months before the 77-year-old President Rodrigo Duterte returns to civilian life after six years by the Pasig River, he has left for his successor, presumptive President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., two resonating issues that must be addressed immediately.

These are Constitutional amendments and the abolition of the party-list system in the country’s legislature.

These rang out loud when Duterte encouraged the country’s next leader, the presidential standard-bearer of the UniTeam where his 43-year-old daughter Sara is as well the assumptive vice president, to make an initiative to amend the 1987 Constitution as soon as he assumes the presidency on June 30.

Duterte, in a prerecorded Talk to the People delivered Wednesday night but aired Thursday morning, said there was “really a demand of the moment” to introduce amendments to the Constitution.

He made the call as he reiterated the need to make changes in the country’s charter, be it a shift from the presidential to a federal form of government or whatever.

Addressing his successor who would take the presidential oath on June 30, Duterte said “It should be done now. Because if you do that before your term ends, they would say you want to change some provisions in the Constitution to allow you to run (again).”

Duterte told his successor to propose the change in the Constitution as early as possible to avoid speculations that the move was meant to extend the Charter-mandated six-year term with no re-election.

The 1987 Constitution was written by a 50-member Constitutional Commission appointed by Corazon Aquino, a year after he took over following the so-called EDSA Revolution, which many have since declared a historical anomaly.

Duterte also hoped his successor would reconsider the abolition of the party-list system.

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives refers to a system in which 20 percent of the House of Representatives.

The party-list system is a mechanism of proportional representation in the election of representatives to the House of Representatives from national, regional, and sectoral parties or organizations or coalitions thereof registered with the Commission on Elections.
In the 2022 election, there shall be 316 seats in the House of Representatives; 253 of these are district representatives, and 63 are party-list representatives.

Reforms in the Constitution called for lifting the restrictive economic provisions, a shift to a parliamentary system, and a federal form of government.

This, as he reiterated that some party-list groups serve as legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Duterte insisted that the only intention of the Left-leaning party-lists is to topple the government.

Duterte earlier warned the Filipinos against the Kabataan, Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and Gabriela party-list groups, or the so-called “KABAG” serving as legal fronts of the CPP.

The CPP-New People’s Army is listed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated CPP-NPA’s political wing, National Democratic Front, as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA was created in April 1973.

This, as he reiterated that some party-list groups served as legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines, whose founder Jose Maria Sison has been tagged as a terrorist and is in exile in The Netherlands since 1992.

Sison was captured during the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos but was released by the successor administration of Corazon Aquino.

Duterte insisted that the only intention of the Left-leaning party-lists was to topple the government.

The CPP-New People’s Army is listed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated CPP-NPA’s political wing, National Democratic Front, as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973.

According to Duterte, the destruction of the government “was the mantra of the communists 53 years ago, and it’s still the mantra of the communist rebels, even those in the Left.”

Duterte knows what he was talking about, having fought the enemies of the state since he was mayor of his hometown Davao. (ai/mtvn)

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