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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

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