If President Rodrigo Duterte has his way, one of the amendments to the Constitution will include the abolition of all party lists.
“Kapag bago ang Constitution, I will insist, ‘no party list.’ Inabuso lahat ‘yan,” he said on Friday, July 29, while in a military camp in Asuncion, Davao del Norte.
(When the Constitution is amended, I will insist, no party list. They abused it.)
Duterte wants party lists to be taken out of the political system because he believes they are created by the wealthy as platforms to seek positions in Congress.
According to Duterte, rich and powerful Filipinos use their resources to create associations or groups that ride on advocacies to convince citizens to vote for them.
“Kasi ito ‘yung pera, kahit ano diyan mabili mo, United Idiots Association. Tatakbo. Nagkalat kayo diyan,” said the President.
During national elections, Filipino voters are allowed to vote for a party-list group. The representatives of the winning party lists get seats in the House of Representatives.
“Yung mga mayayaman, representing the what? The security guards? (The rich represent what? The security guards?)” he said.