Arroyo Backs Subsidy for Political Parties; De Venecia Still Optimistic despite boycott.(Main News)

Manila Bulletin, May 3, 2002 | Go to article overview

Arroyo Backs Subsidy for Political Parties; De Venecia Still Optimistic despite boycott.(Main News)


Byline: GENALYN KABILING and BEN ROSARIO

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo expressed yesterday support for the bill of opposition Sen. Edgardo Angara for the government to subsidize political parties to reduce corruption in governance.

She aired her support for the Angara bill in her speech at the first Philippine Political Parties Conference at the Manila Hotel.

Meanwhile, Speaker Jose de Venecia remained in high spirits and confident the First All Parties Conference would accomplish its purpose of creating a unified economic and political agenda for the country despite a boycott of the summit by the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and the PDP-Laban, two major political parties in the country.

She noted Angara's proposal to eliminate the influence of "power brokers" and dirty money in government.

"That may diminish reliance on dirty money and power brokers. It will assist the parties that they help clarify public opinion on issues and offer reasonable options for our nation's future," she said.

The President said many "mature democracies" are using the same system for the government to subsidize the financial requirements for the political parties.

The move is seen to counter the common practice of political parties receiving funds from big business, as well as alleged drug and gambling lords, and even foreign groups with vested interests in the country.

The President cited the subsidy for political parties as they prepare to tackle proposed Charter-change, among other socio-economic and political proposals in the three-day summit, now on its second day today.

However, Angara, president of the opposition Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, snubbed the summit.

At least 21 political parties, regional parties, and party-list organizations have joined the 1st Philippine Political Parties Conference to draw up a common strategy for the socio-economic and political problems of the country.

The President said political parties, as agents of democratic order, should find common cause on the need to enhance the credibility of the electoral process.

She lamented that after each elections, losing candidates claim failure of the electoral system.

"Instead of doing this, let us join hands to ensure the integrity of our elections by modernizing the process," she said.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Arroyo yesterday reiterated her opposition to moves to change the Constitution, saying the process can be done only through pure non-partisanship.

In her keynote address at the opening of the three-day first political summit at the Manila Hotel, the President said she is not closing her doors to amendments to the Constitution, particularly the proposed shift to a federal form of government, but only after meaningful political reforms are fortified.

Arroyo cited the need for several "prerequisites" in the political arena before legislators can seek a change in the government system.

"If we do not recognize these prerequisites as discussion on Charter change moves forward, there might be a tendency to look at alternatives removed from the reality on the ground," she said in her speech.

On the proposed federalism, the President stressed the need for reforms like strengthening political organizations and the reinforcement of economic zones in the country.

"Before we can go to federalism, we must address the issue of economic viability and the preparedness of component states. Otherwise, federalism could lead to the underdevelopment of the less developed regions of the country," she added.

She noted the country's economic zones and political organizations should be ready to sustain themselves because they will constitute independent federal units.

"There must be success of the economic zones, success of autonomy, before we can be confident that statehood will be successful," she added. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Arroyo Backs Subsidy for Political Parties; De Venecia Still Optimistic despite boycott.(Main News)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.