LML Polettiques (135)

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.


Monday, 09 June 2014 11:22 Written by
When Rey Teves, my partner was alive, we used to entertain a lot of our friends and colleagues witha duet of songs of the 60’s. Even up to the time just before his demise in November of 2009, we performed…


Monday, 16 June 2014 11:06 Written by
This is because the Philippine President controls Congress and the Judiciary! The Executive Department, headed by Pnoy, which by our Constitution is co-equal with the other two branches of Government – the Congress and Judiciary,is in fact the ‘primus inter-pares’.
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