House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has bared his stance on the proposed abolition of party-list representation in Congress–and party-list solons won’t like it.
“I support the position of the President,” Alvarez told ANC on Tuesday, August 2.
A few days ago, President Rodrigo Duterte, Alvarez’s PDP-Laban party mate, said that the party-list system ought to bite the dust in the revised Constitution.
Duterte said the party-list system has been “abused by the wealthy”.
The Speaker bared his concurrence despite having around 57 party-list lawmaker allies in the PDP-Laban led “Supermajority” in the Lower Chamber.
“When I was in law school and I read the party list provision, I asked: why will you still have a partylist representative when you already have representatives from different districts? After all, the sectors that the partylist will represent in Congress belong to a certain district already, represented by a congressman,” Alvarez said in the interview.
Pressed by host Karen Davila if the wants party-lists abolished, the House leader answered, “yes”.