THE six-page paper of the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute was published on Sept. 28, 2017. The 20-members think tank elaboration under executive director Jonathan Malaya is a welcome base for further discussion and controversial opinion formation.
“Under the hybrid Parliamentary system, primary legislative power is vested on the Federal Assembly which will be composed of 400 members--60% elected by plurality votes in Legislative Electoral Districts and 40% elected through the Proportional Representation system of accredited national political parties.”
Quite revealing: 60% for the dynasts and 40% for the lowborn Filipinos in parties that will be dominated equally by dynasts. That is what almost all commentators fear and it is the main reason many Filipinos are against Charter Change. If the result is determined beforehand why to go to the polls?
The 40 families who have grabbed power centuries ago will hold the people in their stranglehold for eternity. The EDSA revolt did not bring the hoped-for change, the shift to federalism will also not bring it. It will perpetuate the fat and slim dynasts in power. Dr. Jose Rizal’s dream will be postponed for a long time. The well-known names of governors, congressmen, mayors will be on the ballots and the sample ballots. The service-proved vote cheating machines will deliver the desired result. No power to the poor people!
I always thought that PDP-Laban is truthful to its D (demos=people, kratos=rule, old Greek) in their abbreviation but after I got to know that number work I must admit that they are not different from the aristocratic parties with L and N in their names. (aristos=best, the aristocrats declare themselves the best and conclude that it behooves them to rule.)
I suppose the division in Filipinos who are allowed to run as personalities without commitment to anybody and others who run as party members committed to a program and a mandate to fight for its realization is unconstitutional: “… democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.”
George Orwell hails from his grave: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
With that percentage repartition peace will be elusive. People will no longer allow to be kept in leading-strings. They will revolt. The solution for all these percentage limits is to leave the repartition of seats in parliament to the electorate.
The Institute recognizes the necessity for “strong and cohesive political parties” and electoral reforms.
The new constitution shall provide that every man (and woman) engaging in politics must begin his career in the chapter of the chosen party in his barangay. His party mates will delegate him to the next higher step of responsibility according to his zeal in promoting party work, his eloquence and rationality of proposals or refuse to give him a mandate if he lacks competency, trustworthiness and energy to fight for the party’s program.-Erich Wannemacher
To be continued.