‘Mindanao underepresented’

Published by rudy Date posted on April 18, 2010

Regarding our proposal to boycott party-list groups of dubious legitimacy or whose nominees are discredited politicians or scheming operators, we received a plea that Mindanao party-lists be given a fair chance.

The party-list group ABAMIN (Abante Mindanao) cited statistics showing that the island is “critically under-represented” compared to PL representations from Luzon. If pro-rata representation is a gauge, it said, “it seems we are not part of the Philippines.”

Abamin said: “In the May 10 elections, Luzon has 80 percent of the PL candidates, with only 10 percent from Mindanao. Of the 54 PL seats in the House of Representatives, only five are for Mindanao, or about 10 percent of the total. The rest are mostly from Luzon.”

“There are only two senators from Mindanao out of 24,” Abamin added. “In the Executive branch’s line agencies, there is only one department secretary from Mindanao (out of 24), resulting in comparative neglect of Mindanao-nons.” –Federico D. Pascual Jr.  (The Philippine Star)

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