Poll watchdog blames SC decision for party-list system woes


Posted at Feb 19 2019 02:14 AM | Updated as of Feb 19 2019 06:30 AM

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MANILA - An election watchdog on Monday blamed a Supreme Court decision for various problems hounding the Philippine party-list system.

Speaking to ANC's Talkback, Kontra Daya convenor Danilo Arao cited a 2013 high court decision, which allowed political parties and groups to take part in the party-list polls, despite supposedly not representing marginalized groups.

"You don’t need to be marginalized to set up your party-list groups, and that the nominees don’t need to be a member of the party-list group they are representing," he said.

Arao also denounced poor practices of politicians, such as premature campaigning. But he is optimistic that candidates will observe proper decorum as more people are fact-checking their statements.

"Nothing has changed much, but I hope they have sense of delicadeza. Most especially now with strengthened culture of fact-checking," he said.