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Isko eyes two-party system

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AKSYON Demokratiko standard bearer Isko Moreno Domagoso on Wednesday said that if elected president, he will seek political reforms that will pave way for a regionally-elected Senate and the shift to a two-party political system to bring about unity and equality and political stability through a more inclusive government.

“Kung talagang gusto natin ng pagkakaisa, maipakita natin na pantay-pantay ang Mindanao, Visayas, at Luzon, dapat ang senador, binoboto sa kanilang rehiyon. Dalawa bawat rehiyon, so that’s 34 senators,” Moreno told reporters before embarking on a motorcade around Marikina City.


“Para at least papanatag yung mga taga-Samar, Leyte, o taga-Iloilo, Batanes, Tawi-Tawi, na meron silang senador na kapitbahay nila, alam ang kultura, tradisyon, at kustombre nila o yung kanilang mga pamana, na makikipaglaban sa resources ng gobyerno para sa kanilang mga rehiyon at kanya-kanyang lugar,” the 47-year-old presidential aspirant pointed out.


Specifically, Moreno wants to amend the 1987 Constitution to make way for a bigger Senate with two senators being elected in each of the country’s 17 regions for a total of 34 senators from the current 24 elected nationwide.


Moreno said it is his dream and aspiration to give candidates like Aksyon’s Samira Gutoc, and other well-meaning individuals, including indigenous peoples (IPs), a fighting chance to become senator and give their respective regions and culture equal representation and opportunity in the Senate.


“Dahil ang gusto ko, makakita ako ng senador na Igorot, kasi ibinoto siya doon sa rehiyon niya. Gusto ko makakita ako ng senador na Moro, na Lumad, o mga iba pang mga kababayan natin sa kani-kanilang lugar, wherein, magkakaroon na sila ng specific, geographical constituency,” Moreno told reporters.


In pursuing such amendment, Moreno pointed out that since senators are currently elected at-large, and only those who came from well-known political families who have the capability to finance a national campaign are, more often than not, elected to the Senate.


“So, kung hindi ka sikat, kahit magaling ka sa partikular na bayan, maliit ang tsansa mong maging senador. And a senate run is very costly. Ang nangyayari, parang naging franchise. Yung ikot, sila-sila lang, pami-pamilya lang,” he said.


Additionally, the Manila city mayor said he would push a shift to a two-party political system, where the president and the vice-presidential candidates are voted in tandem, to bring more political stability in the country.


“Kailangan kasi ang vice president laging sinusuportahan yung presidente, kasi yun ang may mando na siya ang pinuno ng bansa. E ang problema pag ang nagiging vice president e kalaban, for the next five years wala ng ginawa kundi awayin ng awayin yung presidente, kontrahin ng kontrahin yung presidente kahit wala na sa lugar, o baka dahil sa politika o baka sa personal na intensyon lamang s apolitical growth,” Moreno explained.


Moreno added: “So, hindi siya nakakatulong sa tao, nakakakunsumi pa siya. So, napapanahon na siguro na isa lang ang boto ng presidente at vice president. This political system, on top of the economic provisions na kailangan ding baguhin, will create stability in the hearts and mind of our people.”


Moreno also wants the partylist system reviewed because it is no longer serving its original purpose of providing the the marginalized sectors of society representation in Congress. ANDI GARCIA

Photo: Rappler


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