A stronger party system for more effective gov’t
Published November 16, 2019, 12:54 AM
The 18th Congress of the Philippines began this July, 2019, with all 300 members of the House of Representatives elected in the mid-term elections in May, 2018, along with 24 members of the Senate, half of them elected in May and half held over from the 17th Congress.
There has been no strong party system in the country since the Liberal and Nacionalista parties were were set aside when martial law was proclaimed in 1972. The members of the House of Representatives in this new 18th Congress are thus mostly local leaders who made it on their own or with local allies. Some are Liberals and Nacionalistas – the old parties –but most