Lacson says time to scrap ‘bastardized’ party-list system

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Presidential Adviser on Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Panfilo M. Lacson answers questions from the media in an interview after he delivered his address at a forum in Makati City last January 23. The former senator had refused to accept his pork barrel funds from the start. He said in a privilege speech that the funds had corrupted legislators. Now, even the members of the media are being named as those who received “payolas.” (MNS photo)

Presidential Adviser on Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Panfilo M. Lacson answers questions from the media in an interview after he delivered his address at a forum in Makati City last January 23. The former senator had refused to accept his pork barrel funds from the start. He said in a privilege speech that the funds had corrupted legislators. Now, even the members of the media are being named as those who received “payolas.” (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — Senator Panfilo Lacson backed the abolition of the party-list system, saying the system had been “bastardized” and did not truly represent the marginalized sectors.

“I agree with the President. It’s about time we abolish the party-list system,” Lacson said.

“Medyo na-bastardize ang party-list system (The party-list system has been bastardized)…Na-bastardize na in such a way na di na talaga (It has been bastardized in such a way that they are not) representing marginalized sectors of our society in the country.”

“Of course, we may consider guards as marginalized pero marami nang nangyari, nag-evolve ang party-list system (but a lot has happened, the party-list system has evolved) and they are not representing any particular district. Sabihin nating na-defeat ang purpose (Let us say the purpose has been defeated),” the senator added.

Lacson made the remarks when sought for comment on President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he would insist on the abolition of the party-list system.

“With a new Constitution, I will insist: no party-list,” Duterte was quoted in media reports as saying while talking about amending the 1987 Constitution.

The President decried that some party-list groups had “abused”

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