Political party offers solution vs turncoats

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 25 2017 03:23 PM

MANILA - The Nationalist People’s Coalition party has come up with a solution against politicians who switch political parties after an election out of convenience.

The NPC proposed a “no-switch rule” wherein politicians will be barred from transferring to another party a year before and after an election.

The political party, founded by businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., said this proposal is meant to prevent winning candidates from pushing only their interests.

In the hearing conducted by Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People's Participation, the NPC proposed a no-switch rule longer than the provision in the 1971 Constitution which is six months before and six months after an election.

"The longer the period, the interest becomes weaker," said NPC President Giorgidi Aggabao.

Electoral Reforms Committee Chair Sen. Leila de Lima and Sen. Franklin Drilon agreed with the proposal of the NPC.

Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista also proposed increasing the maximum campaign contributions even higher than the proposed P1 million.

He said this is to prevent the usual practice, even in the US, of spreading out the contributions of a contributor. "So that we will know who are the main campaign contributors," he said.

Bayan Muna Chair Neri Colmenares also underscored the importance of an anti-dynasty law for true electoral reform in the country.