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SC asked: Allow more party-lists to sit in Congress

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked to revise how legislative seats are allocated to party-list groups.

This was sought by losing party-list groups Angkla and Serbisyo ng Bayan which wanted more party-list groups getting seats in Congress.

In their petition, the petitioners argued that those who secured guaranteed seats be excluded alreadyin a petition they filed before the high tribunal.

The Party-List System Act provides that, “The parties, organizations, and coalitions receiving at least two percent (2%) of the total votes cast for the party-list system shall be entitled to one seat each: Provided, That those garnering more than two percent (2%) of the votes shall be entitled to additional seats in proportion to their total number of votes.”

However, the petitioners pointed out that the SC should “declare as unconstitutional the manner of allocating additional seats in the last paragraph of Section 11 of the Party-list System Act, particularly the words ‘total number of votes.’”

Though there are 61 available seats, there were 51 paty-lists who filled the slots based on their performance in the May 13 polls.

Angkla and Serbisyo ng Bayan placed 53rd and 54th, respectively.

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