MANILA, Philippines - The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is adding its voice to calls for the delisting of party-list groups related or connected to the government of President Benigno Aquino III.
In an interview with Radio Veritas, PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta de Villa said the likes of Akbayan and the Black and White Movement are not so-called marginalized groups that have the right to join the elections.
“Hindi naman sila marginalized. Marginalized ba sila eh may posisyon ang mga lider nila sa pamahalaan? Nandun na sila sa kalapit-lapit na power tapos sasabihin mong marginalized ka at unrepresented ka? Unrepresented voice of the marginalized? Kahit hindi naman marunong mag-isip, kaagad-agad ay makikita yun,” she said.
De Villa also urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to filter thoroughly the candidates in the coming elections.
P1 million bond
Earlier, the poll body suggested to require candidates to post P1 million bond each in order to clean the slate from any nuisance candidates.
The PPCRV chief believes this option will only make the elections more expensive to those who have the capability to lead but without the necessary campaign machinery.
She called it very “expensive, elitist and exclusive.”
“Sino ba ang makapagbibigay ng deposito na 1-million pesos kung pangkaraniwang tao lang siya, magaling ang kakayanan, may integridad, walang partido pero karapat dapat maging kandidato. May diskriminasyon itong hakbang na ito in monetary at material aspect. Para sa akin, sana mag isip pa sila ng ibang sistema,” she said.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz agreed with de Villa.
“Hindi na kailangan yun, napakadali naman tingnan kung ang isang tao ay talagang puwedeng kandidato, marapat na kandidato o sabi nga e pampagulo lang. Halimbawa naman, ang isang nuisance ay makapaghain ng isang milyong piso, papayagan ba nila itong tumakbo?” he asked.
He said the suggestion is a superficial one.