Sunday, March 28, 2010
Party Lists for May 2010 Elections
This is a current issue about the coming elections in the Philippines in May of 2010. I have heard of the Party Lists and I never thought much about them until I was approached by a close friend whose brother-in-law is running under a party list. There were other friends that previously ran for a Congressional seat under a party list and only solicited help by word-of-mouth as they were well funded. In this one, I did a search on the internet about party lists because this was in particular for an indigenous party list. One that came on top of the search is the Katribu Party List based in the same province I am in.
In the first part of their article "Progressive indigenous party list submits list of nominees, exposes dubious rivals" was an introduction of their nominees. Immediately below were their suspicions on other indigenous party lists. Very prominent were suspicions on those running that hold current positions in the government. They were quick to mention that this is another ploy of the Gloria Arroyo Administration.
One party list they suspect is the "Agapay Indigenous Peoples Rights Alliance (A-IPRA)", where the lead nominee is Eugenio "Kenny" Insigne. Kenny, who is known to me, rose from the ranks with different administrations. He is a commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). In getting to that position his intention is clear - to help indigenous people. There are many positions in the National government, and if I were in his place being a lawyer, I would not chose that.
With the outgoing administration, chances are he might not hold that position for long after another takes over. The only way he sees to continue helping indigenous people is to get elected under the same "field" he is in. It is with much regret that hard-hitting indigenous party list is doing this to him, when he actually also has his roots in our city and province! The nominees of that party list obviously have personal interests in running for a seat if they know that Kenny's roots is also in our city. If they did not know, they should have researched a little and probably invited him to be among the nominees in their list. In his current government, the position addresses the concern is on a nationwide scope. The other party list can only truly represent their locality. Doesn't that look selfish for a party list?
Posted by Benny Austria at 3/28/2010 05:42:00 PM
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