LOOK: Akbayan denounces political dynasties' exploitation of party-list system

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Akbayan denounced party-list groups which help promote political dynasties.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — A party-list group denounced moves of political dynasties to infiltrate the system expected to represent marginalized organizations in Congress.

At a rally Tuesday, Akbayan Party-list slammed what they called "trapo" (traditional politician) party-lists.


Akbayan Party-list Chairperson-Emeritus and former Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales said the party-list system is not meant to be a family business.

Akbayan members gave out black paper roses to represent the "fake" care of party-list groups which help promote political dynasties.

The  party-list system was enacted in 1995 through Republic Act No. 7941. It provides underrepresented sectors an avenue to take part in formulating and enacting legislation.

But the Supreme Court in 2013 ruled that party-list representation is not exclusive to marginalized groups.