Breaking News! 1st EVER Youth Sectorial Rep in Philippine Congress!

LFS- SFSU would like to congratulate the three new progressive reps in Philippine Congress, including our good friend Mong Palatino of the Kabataan Party-list for being the first person to represent the youth and student sector in congress. We’ll miss seeing you around our events and meetings =)

KABATAAN MAKABAYAN, LUMALABAN!

Bayan Muna shall have an additional one rep ( Atty . Neri Colmenares )
Anak Pawis, additional rep ( Joel Maglunsod )
Kabataan Partylist ( Mong Palatino )

MABUHAY!  We have three more reps in Congress.  That makes it EIGHT ND reps in Congress!!

Please forward this news widely to your website, network.

SC strikes blow to Cha-cha, OKs 32 new party-list reps


by ARIES RUFO, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak | 04/21/2009 3:14 PM

It was a masterful stroke that could derail Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative on its tracks.

While the House of Representatives prepares to go full-throttle on charter change, the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday allowed 32 more party-list representatives to sit in Congress, changing the configuration in the supposed number of signatures required to bypass the Senate on amending the charter.

Initial reports reaching abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak showed that the justices were unanimous in its decision, raising the total number of party-list representatives from the present 22 to 54.

The decision, penned by Justice Antonio Carpio, is immediately executory, the ruling said.

The ruling was prompted by a petition of party-list groups Bayan Muna, A-Teacher, and Abono seeking a revision of the High Court’s ruling granting three seats only to the party-list group that got the highest number of votes.

This is also known as the First Party rule contained in the SC decision in the Veterans Federation Inc. vs. Comelec. It was former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, then an associate justice, who came up with such formula.

The petitioners argued that the First Party rule computation for sectoral is unconstitutional, since it “distorts” the constitutional spirit that there should be  proportional representation in the party-list system.

Abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak had earlier reported that justices were inclined to revisit the First Party rule.

At present, less than 50 percent of the seats for sectoral representation have been filled up. The new SC ruling fills up all the remaining available seats for the party-list system.

It also redraws the lower House’s effort to bypass the Senate in amending the charter, since it redefines the three-fourths constitutional requirement for charter change.

To get the new three-fourths vote of 221, Charter change proponents would now have to secure 24 more signatures from the 32 new party-list representatives. This is based on the Senate and the House of Representatives voting jointly.

The 24 signatures are on top of the 22 more needed to reach the original target of 197 signatures to approve Charter change.

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