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Palparan, party-list reps await proclamation

Posted on: April 23, 2009

Palparan, party-list reps await proclamation

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:04:00 04/23/2009

Filed Under: Politics, Congress, Elections

MANILA, Philippines–Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. along with new party-list representatives inquired about the process of their proclamation with the Commission on Elections Thursday.

On Tuesday, Supreme Court decided to void the 2-percent threshold previously used to determine which party-list groups would get a second or third seat at House of Representatives.

The decision paved the way for new party-list representatives to fill in the total of 55 seats or 20 percent of total seats at the House of Representatives.

There are currently 22 party-list representatives at the lower chamber.

Palpaparan, together with Agap representative Cesar Cabrador and Senior Citizens representative Godofredo Arquiza visited the Comelec Law Department Thursday to inquire about the procedures for their recognition, following SC’s decision.

All three party-list representatives are awaiting Comelec’s proclamation, so they could take their seat at the House of Representatives.

Once he assumes office, Palaparan said his first agenda is to include security and insurance benefits for CAFGU personnel, who presently receive only food allowance while being deployed in military combat.

Asked about allegations that he was not fit to assume office at the House of Representatives, Palparan said: “Matagal na yang mga issues na yan (Those are old issues). I have already denied those allegations several times. And I always say, I am open [to] investigation to prove my eligibility.”

“Sabi niyo wala akong karapatan pero mas wala silang karapatan (they have no right) to judge my eligibility to serve my constituency kasi mas marami silang ginawang kasalanan (they did more harm) like supporting the NPA and being part of Communist movement,” said Palparan to his detractors.

Palparan is called by militant groups as “berdugo (butcher)” for the strings of alleged extrajudicial killings and other forms of human rights violations in Luzon and the Visayas while on active service until his retirement in September 2006.

Given that their term would end on 2010, Palparan noted there was not enough time to implement all his plans for his constituency, which included urban poor and people who lived in undeveloped areas due to peace and conflict issues.


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