LML Polettiques (101)

A VIEW FROM THE CENTER: What’s wrong with Philippine politics? How might it be fixed?

Thursday, 05 May 2016 07:43 Written by
(this article first appeared on The Manila Times)  EVERYTHING’S wrong with Philippine politics – period!This tongue and cheek reply to the first query above encapsulates the frustrations of many a writer on where to begin to dissect the multitude of…

Why Political Parties Must Be Member-Based

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:28 Written by
We mentioned in an earlier blog that members of political parties in the Philippines do not pay dues and do not have a real stake in them. These parties are funded by self-proclaimed candidates, party big-wigs and oligarchs. To understand…

What Political Parties Must do All Year-Round, Off Election Season

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:23 Written by
The reality in the local political landscape is that political parties are only active during election season. Off-season, they tend to “hibernate.”Ideally though, political parties ought to have activities throughout the year. In-between campaign periods, representatives must conduct continuous dialogue…

What are Political Parties?

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:09 Written by
Political parties are key actors in a democracy. They serve as a linking and leading mechanism in politics being a means of mobilization of the masses as well as the socialization of leaders. They also function as a source of…

Turncoatism or Butterflyism

Thursday, 03 October 2013 14:04 Written by
Turncoatism or Butterflyism has been with us since as far back as we can remember. In local parlance, one who does this is called “balimbing,” in reference to a fruit with many sides.Turncoatism happens when a politician who runs for…

The Realities of Political Parties in the Philippines

Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:55 Written by
Unfortunately, the political parties we described in our debut blog do not exist. We do not have such parties in our country. As a matter of fact, we have no real political parties by the reality that they are not…

The Party-List System

Thursday, 03 October 2013 13:20 Written by
While it was meant for good - that is: to provide political access to representatives of marginalized groups -- the Party-list system only leads to factions in Congress. It has so far been heavily misused by powerful and rich families…

The Need for the Urgent Passage of the Politcal Party Developent Bill

Thursday, 03 October 2013 19:37 Written by
It is incumbent upon us to push for the immediate passage of the Political Party Development Bill if we are to have truly honest, free and credible elections next year.
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