LAWMAKERS on Wednesday called for a review of the party-list system law following the controversial Commission on Elections (Comelec) decision allowing former Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in Congress.
Marikina Rep. Romero Federico Quimbo said Arroyo’s victory, at the very least, “is a clarion call for Congress to review the party-list law to ensure that the spirit of the law is indeed served and not circumvented.”
Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla and San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito agreed to this.
Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said the Comelec decision will only legalize the entry of multi-millionaires into the party-list system, as no genuine party-list group can compete with the powerful organizations in elections.
Arroyo, who survived disqualification cases filed against him, will sit as representative of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).
With his re-entry to the House of Representatives, there will now be four Arroyos in Congress: his mother former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, brother Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado ‘Dato’ Arroyo, and uncle Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo. (PIA-Bohol)