If you’re part of a marginalized group in America, it means you probably have no one in Congress to represent you and fight for you.
In the Philippines, there’s a way to combat this: It’s called the Party-List Systems Act:
The State shall promote proportional representation in the election of representatives to the House of Representatives through a party-list system of registered national, regional and sectoral parties or organizations or coalitions thereof, which will enable Filipino citizens belonging to marginalized and under-represented sectors, organizations and parties, and who lack well-defined political constituencies but who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole, to become members of the House of Representatives. Towards this end, the State shall develop and guarantee a full, free and open party system in order to attain the broadcast possible representation of party, sectoral or group interests in the House of Representatives by enhancing their chances to compete for and win seats in the legislature, and shall provide the simplest scheme possible.
In short, if you can show you’re a marginalized group and the Commission on Elections agrees, you can get some representation in the House.
So guess what “marginalized” group recently applied for Congressional seats?
A Catholic pro-life group called “Ang Prolife.”
Seriously. As if they don’t have enough power already…
The Filipino Freethinkers are trying to put a stop to it before it’s too late:
[Ang Prolife and its members] are closely affiliated with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and the leadership of the Philippine Roman Catholic Church, which already has more social and political clout than it deserves. Together, the CBCP and so-called prolife groups hold enough power over the government that politicians routinely pander to one church at the expense of all others, and of those with no church at all. There are already numerous blatant violations of secularism, and should Ang Prolife get a seat in Congress, there is no doubt that there will be even more.
You can read the full complaint on the Filipino Freethinkers’ website. Wish them luck. It’s a David versus Goliath story in which Goliath is pretending to be a victim.
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