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Federalism may reformat party-list system—PDP Laban exec
« on: August 13, 2018, 03:03:29 PM »
Federalism may reformat party-list system—PDP Laban exec
By: DJ Yap - Reporter / @deejayapINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 02:05 PM October 05, 2017

Party-list organizations will not be “abolished” though they will take on a new form and operate differently under the federalism model of President Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-Laban party, one of the proponents clarified on Wednesday.

“What we are doing is we’re going back to the original intent of the 1987 Constitution, which is proportional representation,” said Jonathan Malaya, executive director of the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute.

Under the PDP-Laban proposal, existing party-list organizations may have two options once the federal-parliamentary system is in place.


“They can either continue as a sectoral party, file for accreditation with the Comelec (Commission on Elections) to participate in the elections, or they can join the mainstream political parties. Then they can advocate for their sectors within the political party,” Malaya said.

Seeking to ease concerns about party-list groups losing their place in government, he noted that the proportional representation system would even allow more sectoral lawmakers to be elected.

“Of the 400 Federal Assembly members, 250 will be single-member districts, while 150 will be voted under the proportional representation system,” Malaya told the Inquirer in an interview.

In fact, he added, there is no limit on the nominees of the sectoral party, unlike the current system, in which a party-list group can win only three seats in the House of Representatives.

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