Reflections on the Philippine Political Party System
May 12, 2010 2 Comments
I was looking at the results of the elections for the president, vice-president, and senators for the Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP):
- President: DE LOS REYES, John Carlos G. 39,502
- Vice-President: CHIPECO, Dominador Jr F. 46,704
- Senators: Not one close to the top 12
I voted straight for Ang Kapatiran Party, knowing fully well the Party’s slim chances of getting one their numbers elected in the National Elections. I believed in their platform of government which is consistent with the Catholic Social Teaching. Our problem now is how to convince other Filipinos, other Catholics in particular to vote for AKP as a party itself and not as individual politicians who simply happens to be in a political party with indistinguishable ideologies.
Can anyone tell me the difference in the vision and mission of the the Liberal Party, Lakas-Kampi, and Nacionalista Party, and the other political parties? Most of these parties are defined more by the personalities who leads them, rather than clear principles of government. This is still our prehispanic barangay system with political alliances formed by marriages and blood compacts. How do we move forward?
I propose that Congress would be filled solely with party representatives, and these political parties may be by interest, language, or creed. Why should we have a party list for Bicolanos and Ilonggos when we have congressmen? This is duplication of representation. We might just as well abolish congress representation by districts and adopt representation by political parties. The people votes for the political party they wish to be part of and the number of seats in the congress will be determined by the percentage of votes cast. At present, the Party-List representation is for marginalized political parties. What if these political parties exceed the 6% of the number of votes cast, say 12%, should we limit their representation in congress to three? This has not happened yet, because the Party-List representation is only becoming to be appreciated now. But when a party-list gets more than 10% of the votes cast, I think it is time to overhaul the Philippine Congress.