Enrile assails ‘back
door entry’ into congress
By Office of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile
PASAY CITY – Senate
President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday urged voters to repudiate
candidates who exploit the loopholes in the party-list system just to
gain access to Congress.
Speaking over the
radio in Laguna, the Senate chief said the people should be wary of
these candidates who represent sectors that are not even considered
“Masyadong obvious na
at ginagawa na paraan (ang party-list system) upang makapasok sa
Kongreso. Hindi sa ilalim ng pagiging kandidato sa distrito, kundi
‘yung back door entry sa Kongreso,” said Enrile, a reelectionist under
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
The veteran legislator
said the party-list law should be amended to reflect the intent of the
Constitution to give the underrepresented and marginalized sectors a
voice in Congress. “Kung may pagkakataon ay kailangan na sigurong
rebisahin ang batas at sabihin na kung sino ang karapat-dapat na
magkaroon ng party list,” Enrile pointed out.
Enrile earlier said
that the party-list system in the country was being abused, noting the
proliferation of organizations that do not genuinely support the
interest of the constituents they represent.
In a list issued by
the Commission on Elections, the nominees for 45 out of 187 accredited
party-list organizations included former Cabinet members, military
officials and outgoing Rep. Mikey Arroyo, the first nominee of a group
claiming to represent the security guards.
Fifty-seven seats are
allotted for party-list representatives in the 287-member House of
claimed that some of these party-list groups were Malacañang-sponsored
and were established to collect votes to support President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo’s bid for House speakership if she wins the
congressional race in Lubao, Pampanga.
While the law has yet
to be fine-tuned, Enrile said, the voters can cure the flaws in the
party-list law by choosing carefully the organization and candidates
they would elect in office on May 10.
“Ang gamot sa usaping
ito ay ang taumbayan,” the PMP senatorial candidate said. “Ipakita
nila ang damdamin nila sapagkat sila rin ang pumipili ng mga ‘yan.
Kung ano ang pinili nila, sila ang manunugkulan.”
He added: “Kaya ang
sinasabi ko sa lahat ng aking pinupuntahan ay mag-ingat kayo sa
pagboto sapagkat kapag ibinoto n’yo na ang tao, hindi n’yo na
mababaawi ‘yon. Luluha kayo kapag nagkamli kayo pero sila ang
nagpapasarap. Ganyan din sa party list. Piliin at suriin ninyo at
tingnan n’yo kung totoo ba itong party list.”