SC scored for allowing ‘rich,’ ‘powerful’ in partylist polls

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MANILA, Philippines – Various sectors scored the Supreme Court for allowing non-marginalized sectors to participate in partylist elections, saying it opened the floodgates for the powerful, privileged and slew of bogus groups to participate in the partylist polls.

“The Supreme Court has legitimized the domination of the rich and powerful, the political dynasties, and the various special interest groups of the elite. The marginalized sectors will continuously be eased out,” said Fr. Joe Dizon, convenor of the poll watchdog group “Kontra Daya” said on Monday.

“Under these SC guidelines, the Aquinos, Arroyos, Cojuangcos and Ampatuans can all field partylist groups,” Dizon said.

Since last year, Kontra Daya has been waging a battle before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cleanse the partylist system of questionable groups who represent the rich and powerful.

The Comelec has disqualified about 54 partylist groups, including “Ang Galing Pinoy” of Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo and Bantay Partylist of fugitive Jovito Palparan.

But with the high court’s ruling, 41 barred partylist groups can participate in the May 2013 polls.

The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) and election law expert Romulo Macalintal also shared the same sentiment.

“It is our respectful view that it is not faithful to the social justice spirit of giving more chances to the poor and underprivileged in an already flawed n uneven electoral arena and process,” NUPL’s Edre Olalia said in a text message.

“It must be emphasized that the concept of Philippine party-list system must be viewed under the lens of social justice,” Macalintal said.

Quoting former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Macalintal said “the party-list system is a social justice tool designed not only to give more law to the great masses of our people who have less in life, but also to enable them to become veritable lawmakers themselves, empowered to participate directly in the enactment of laws designed to benefit them…”

“Thus, allowing all individuals and groups, including those which now dominate district elections, to have the same opportunity to participate in party-list elections would desecrate this lofty objective and mongrelize the social justice mechanism into an atrocious veneer for traditional politics.”

Macalintal said the solution is to strictly implement screening of partylist groups to determine which truly represents the marginalized.

For its part, the umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said that it was the Aquino government, the Comelec and the Supreme Court who were all to blame for the destruction of the partylist system.

“It seems that the ruling classes- through the Supreme Court, the Comelec and the Aquino regime- have now taken back whatever minor political concession they have given the poor over the past years. The message is clear. Political power, including the partylist system, will remain firmly in the hands of the elite,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“The Aquino government encouraged and tolerated its non-marginalized political allies like Akbayan, Abante Retirees and Black and White Movement to abuse the partylist system. The Comelec retained many questionable groups. Now comes the Supreme Court legitimizing the participation of the rich and powerful. Truly, the electoral system has again showed its patent bias for the ruling elite while at the same time further marginalizing the already marginalized,” Reyes added.

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  • ohmypinas

    this is no more surprised to me, mostly dito puro gloria’s appointees…. like patron like appointees, ang main purpose guluhin ang pamamalakad ng Pnoy administration….. sana i-revive ng NPA ang sparrow unit nila para ipantapat dito sa mga ‘mob in robes’….

    • kordapio96

      tama, kailangan natin sila ngayon. bumababa muna kayo ng bundok please..

    • Joey Sanchez

      this is not fun any more. supreme court just opened the flood gates of hell!

    • popeyee

      yong mga appointee ni Penoy di bomoto in favor?

  • Jane Tan

    gloria-appointees… gloria-incoming.

  • tyurl

    walang kwenta and party list system… buwagin na yan…

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      ok sana kung marginalized lang, kasi palaging nilalamangan. sa ganitong pagkakataon ay tama talaga na buwagin.

  • virgoyap

    If the party list is open to all sectors of the society then by the next election the Philippines will be dominated by the different kinds of party lists which will include the rich and the powerful, the landlord, the warlord, the godfather of the underworld and the Philippine politics will be more fun. And this will be the saddest thing to happen.

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      sorry, 12 pages na ang ballot and one week ang election.

  • tugakbatan

    I believe that the SC is still an Arroyo backed branch of the government allowing Mickey to run for congressman. Gloria will never be put in jail. If ever she were convicted, an SC appeal would reverse the conviction.

  • hopeless_na

    palagay ko maraming matutuwa kung may babagsak na missile ng NK sa SC… lol

  • AntiAko

    ANO BA NAMAN KASI NAKAIN NG SUPREME COURT?

  • farmerpo

    ‘mongrelize’. I like this word very much thank you Mr macalintal. It is very descriptive of our current Supreme Court which the ex CJ Panganiban said is the ‘most powerful court in the world’. Our Supreme Court indeed is of ‘mixed or undetermined breed’. Not ony the the most powerful but the best money can buy.

  • kilabot

    if the executive and legislative can mess up the country,
    why not the judiciary?
    beginning to look like a riot.

  • nopyi123

    Ba’t di na lang iabolish ang partylist system??

    • Janch

      that requires an amendment of the constitution.

      • nopyi123

        so be it, we all know that the majority of partylist groups ay ginagawa lang gatasan…. Maybe its time to change whatever needs to be changed in our constitution to abolish partylist system…

      • Janch

        That is exactly the problem. We can’t abolish the partylist system without amending the constitution. Panibagong ‘party’ naman yan ubod ng gulo at sobrang gastos. And even if that becomes possible, you know what happens when we have a charter change. All provisions of the constitution will be open to amendment. All trapos will be doing their damned best to change the constitution to protect/promote their interests.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Composition of the current supreme court specifically GMA appointees are still the majority. It is my opinion this is a supreme court hellbent in destroying the country piece by piece if only to show their disdain to the current administration. I will no longer be surprised if after 120 days, the same supreme court will declare RH law unconstitutional. If and when that happens assuming Filipino people, in their usual devil may care attitude allows it to slide by without any protest, our country is run by dictators wearing robes.

  • azkal futbol

    abolish the partylist system. we have enough costly expenses for house of tongress and senatong with nothing to boast but too much self-serving bonuses and porks for them. they get richer while the filipino people get poorer

  • marionics

    another round of sc impeachments anyone???

  • joboni96

    these legislating (in)justices
    are lackeys of the minority rich

    decide on political dynasties of the rich – no way

    legislate against pro masa party list law – all the way

    sarap sanang maimpeach mga (in)justices na mga ito
    > no way, supported by rich padrones and politicians

  • Billy Moreno

    ABOLISH PARTY-LIST!

  • EdgarEdgar

    The partylist system was supposed to empower the marginalized sector. But when Noynoy and his sisters pumped in millions of pesos into Akbayan in 2009 and 2010, they destroyed the entire partylist system. By making millionaires out of Akbayan’s members, Noynoy and his sisters technically disqualified Akbayan from being part of the marginalized sector. By serving as the conduit for rich donors, Noynoy and his sisters effectively changed the rules of the game and defeated the very purpose of the partylist system. Today, anyone with money and power can become the secret owner or patron of a partylist without having to set up one himself or herself. The decision of Sereno’s Supreme Court to allow the moneyed and the powerful into partylist system effectively puts the last nail on the partylist system’s coffin.

    But on second thought, this is what pundits and visionaries call the new economy. The likes of the Aquino-Cojuangco clan used to be landlords and slaveowners of our agrarian economy in decades and centuries past. Now that our agrarian economy is no longer in vogue, Noynoy and his clan had to reinvent themselves. Without any bankable life skill, Noynoy and his sisters have no other choice but to get into politics and peddle the influence derived therefrom. All in keeping with the so-called service economy of our premature post-industrial age. All in keeping with our changing times. Raking it all in like never before.

  • elimsqui

    alam nyo ba na ang bomoto nito mga appointees ni gloria?

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    malamang ‘di pa nakakarating sa maynila ang mga sparrow ng npa.

  • regd

    Nasaan yung mga nagyayabang dito na hawak na ni PNoy ang SC?

  • joshmale2004

    GMA appointed judges did it again. 7 of them. I would not be surprised at all when they decide the RH Bill as unconstitutional based on “Right to Life” argument they accorded to GMA before.

  • Guest

    Why did they changed the law on partylist?, that is not their role only congress. I guess those sc justice who voted for this should face impeachment for abuse of discretion

  • speedstream2

    Why should the SC decision come as a surprise? Are there not ties that bind? Will vested interests allow themselves to be trumped by the common good? Isn’t some soul searching in order with a view to appropriate cleansing?

  • joshmale2004

    These GMA appointed judges can create rules not provided in the Constitution with regards to Partylist but can not do the same for the Anti Political dysnasty provided in the Constitution. these remaining GMA appointed justices are indeed self serving justices.

    • Jake Lopez

      Good thing there is a sane sector of the population who believes that the current majority of the SC jusctices still rule in favor of GMA and her wards’ agenda.

  • $20926843

    The general public particularly the SC and election experts have been splitting hairs trying to interpret the intent of the Article in the constitution for the party list system forgetting that the root cause of all this brouhaha was the CURSED 1987 cory constitution in which her yellow hordes in the constitutional commission inserted this provision in the charter just to enhance the popularity of democracy savior “kuno” cory aquino. Now the whole political system of the country is in a quandary on how to solve this cursed animal imposed by the aquinos and being continued by the inutile and autistic president in malacanang…..

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    OVERWEENING ARROGANCE! FINAL & EXECUTORY!!! MGA TUTA NG MGA ARROYO ANG NAG-PAKANA NITO. where have all the sparrows gone!

  • elimsqui

    everybody is happy… 1 bicol, 1ilocos, 1 cebu, 1davao, 1cotabato 1 leyte, 1iloilo, 1bohol, etc… lol supreme court you mess my day…

  • generalproblem

    wag na kayong magtaka kung bakit ganun ang ginawa ng sc. balak kasi ng mg retired sc judges na magtayo ng sarili nilang partylist group sa susunod na election at si corona yata ang lider. hehehhe kanya kanyang raket lang yan. kaya ginawa ang sc ng mga bataan ni cory para may pagkakataon yung mga hindi popular na kasapakat nya sa edsa 1 na maging tonggressman din.

  • JasonBieber

    Well the Philippines has a very rich President who came from a very privileged up-bringing so it is not surprising that the rich and powerful in the country become more rich and powerful and the poor and poverty stricken remain the same if not their situations only gets worse.

    • roansanjuan

      mabuhay ang topak party list

  • redpula

    the Gods of Padre Faura did it again, the letters of the law are blinding them the very clear provision of social justice, hay, shall anyone established the Samahan ng mga Nagkakaisang Ignorante at Busabos sa Bangkusay or SANIB, this decision is a circus of the elite.

  • dummier

    One of the bad news ever heard under Pnoy’s. This could be another not-so-sweet revenge by those senior justices who were not chosen to be Chief Justice. Sana hanggang sa hinde na lang umattend ng flag ceremony ang ganti nila. :(

    • Felix Alcantara

      Correct! Take note also that the “Ponente” of the decision is Senior Justice Antonio Carpio who was bypassed by Pnoy.

  • roansanjuan

    stop complaining, time to start your own party list. mine will be “TOPAK PARTY LIST” (with supreme court approval)

  • roansanjuan

    let’s see now how the others will name their party list groups. but of course, the supreme court is known to flip flop even the decisions already considered as final.

  • anak_mahirap50

    Grrrrr….

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