Alyansa Sabungero at Party List Representatives?

Philippines
August 18, 2009 7:12pm CST
Here in the Philippines, Party List Representatives is like a congressman that represents the marginalized sector. The group may be about parents, abused women, and others. Of course, the group leader will have all the rights of a congressman including pork barrel. Recently, a group who call themselves Alyansa Sabungero filed for candidacy. Obviously, they are people working at the cockfighting industry and they have concenrs too. Do you think they should be allowed to join? Will they win eventually? What do you think about Party List Representatives in general?
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8 responses
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
They should not let this Alyansa Sabungero to be a Party list because they are nuisance and they make cockfighting worse. In our neighborhood many get hooked and in debt because of cockfighting. They prioritize to have a bet in cockfighting than to buy food for their families. No one get rich in cockfighting instead there life are miserable and they losing there money. It is consider a gambling, I think they should think a party list that are very helpful to all unlike this one.
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
These people are just after their gain and not the sake of the poor who are majority of our countrymen.They should be not given a chance
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
I laughed after reading your post, but don't get me wrong in here. I don't get the idea. Maybe everyone could have a Party List, but I don't want they will do on Congress if ever they had the chance to enter. What will be their concern, they have to present it to people transparently. In the first place, the name itself show it in bad way. Sabong or Cockfighting is like gambling. What help can they offer to public? they should explain it so that they will not be judge.
@24Champ (465)
19 Aug 09
Cockfighting is not "like gambling", IT IS gambling in the context of how it is done in the Philippines. The idea of filing a partylist catering to the "cockfighting industry" (what industry are they talking about?) is simply absurd. How can some people degenerate this way. Oh well.
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
What's there concern? What's their issue? And do these concerns and issues not being addressed by the congress? And by the way, is their "industry" not over-represented already by the sabong aficionados in the lower and upper house?It is really hard to take how politics degenerate in our country. Just after Marcos, we abhorred creation of political dynasties. But look at what we have today. GMA got her two sons and a brother-in-law in the congress. We have two Cayetanos in the senate plus the wife of the senator setting in congress. Worst, any elected officials can run for other office without having to resign their post. And if they lost, they can still go back to the other office. Then here comes this party list system. The law states that a group receiving aid could not be considered to run for such a post but why is Bayan Muna and other leftist groups and other parties that are receiving foreign grants not disqualified? The law states that there should be no party representing a religious organization but why is CIBAC allowed to have a seat? The law stated what should be and should be not in the party list but it is not being followed. With a hefty part of our national budget going to the pockets of the so called "honorables", it is no wonder a group of domestic helpers, sidewalk vendors and more are seeking for accreditation too. Oops, I am not against the truly marginalized sectors being represented in our law-making bodies, but, do you really think their organizers who will be representing them in congress in case they got a seat truly understood their plights? Last election, we have expats representing the OFWs and big businessman representing the tricycle drivers and operators. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk! Don't you think it is time to abolish the party list system? Maybe, it is also time for concerned Filipinos to petition that the pork barrel system should be totally scrapped and let the different government agencies do their jobs.
• Philippines
20 Aug 09
I think of all the marginalized groups in the Philippines this party list is the least that we need. Because this promotes gambling and it is not representative of the Filipinos to rise from poverty but what we need is a call for good governance, delicadeza in public service and fight for our basic rights.
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Of all ridiculous things aside from the 1Million worth of dinner! Well, this is a free country and so anyone can do what they like but they will just waste their money in campaigns.they will not gain popularity in terms of votes but ridicule.
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
Eversince the congress expand the seats as congressman for Partylist, the application for Partylist Representatives grow huge. Some really don't represent the marginalize sector. Sad but true, they are now just making this thing a joke and just do applying without knowing what mandate will they handle. All of us will agree that we don't really have a shortlist Partylist winner on 2007 election. Maybe we can download the list, but how about their accomplishment? These people really will not do good for our country. Maybe the Comelec should issue a certain criteria on how a Partylist should be and then assign them a specific task and they should do it or else they will be impeach
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
I am totally oppose to the cockfighting industry... but there is just no way to get that out of the Filipino system because it is like embedded to our culture... i don't see anything wrong with it... since something centuries old like that should realy have a representation in the government... a lot of people make their living out of that... and this could also be a way to set some limits as to who and how cockfighting should be here in our country...
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
19 Aug 09
i like the idea of having representation of the marginalized in the congress. since the traditional representatives have forgotten the most marginalized sectors, there should be someone in congress chosen by the sectors themselves to represent them. however, this idea has been abused by traditional politicians. although there are legitimate party-list parties, there are many who are dummy of politicians. sabungero party list sounds a legitimate party list, i hope the politicians who are also sabungeros should keep away from this party.