MANILA, Philippines — The measure seeking to penalize political turncoatism has a higher chance of being passed in Congress than anti-political dynasty bills, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Thursday.
Senior Deputy Speaker and Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has filed House Bill No. 488 which seeks to prohibit and penalize turncoatism or the act of switching parties.
“Let us say, anti-political dynasty law that we already know will be opposed by all members of the dynasty in the lawmaking body, this anti-political turncoatism has more hope,” Pimentel pointed out on Teleradyo’s On the Spot .
(Let us say, anti-political dynasty law which we know will be opposed by members of dynasties in the lawmaking body, this anti-political turncoatism has more chance to be passed.)
If the bill becomes a law, however, it would only benefit the younger generation of leaders, said Pimentel.
“Maybe this law will benefit the future generation who will enter politics while they are young,” he said.
“If I’m stuck for life in the party, I better understand what it’s fighting for,” the senator added.
(If you are stuck for life in your party, it would be better to understand what you are fighting for.
Under Arroyo’s bill, politicians who will jump to another political party a year before and a year after any national polls would result in the forfeiture of the elective office that they are running for or the post that they have been elected for.
Noting the provision, Pimentel said that the measure will stop politicians from changing their political party because of advantages.
“There is a period of time, lull periods when the election is not too hot, you are allowed to shift your party,” he said.
(There is a period of time, a lull period when the elections are not yet contested, you are allowed to shift your party.)
“You are not shifting your party just because you are going to use the certificate of nomination of a political party whose leader you think is charismatic,” he added.
(With that, you are not just shifting parties because you will use a certificate of nomination of a political party that you think has a charismatic leader.)
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