May tama ka! Duterte hits Mikey Arroyo’s group for mocking party list system


President Duterte may have been referring to the a son of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when the former took to task members of Congress to abolish the party list system under the proposed shift to federalism.

“Inabuso lahat ‘yan eh, na pati mga mayaman. Ang nananalo ‘yung may pera, representing the what? Security guards…,” he said during a speech in Davao del Norte last Friday.

The AGP had Rep. Mikey Arroyo as its first nominee.

In October, 2012, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualified the party list group because Mikey Arroyo do not belong to the sector which AGP represents– tricycle drivers and security guards. This prevented the group from joining the 2013 polls.

“‘Yan ang… that’s the mockery of the law. ‘Yan talaga ang pinaka-bastos magawa mo. Kasi ikaw ‘yung pera, mag-bili ka ng ano diyan. Ano ba ‘yung ano mo? “United idiots association.” Tatakbo. Ayan. Nagkalat kayo diyan na,” Duterte said.

The party-list system has been scrutinized for having representatives not belonging to the marginalized and underrepresented. Including Arroyo, 57 representatives in the 15th Congress have an average net worth of over P22.9 billion as of 2010, a hefty increase from just P8.6 billion of 16 representatives in the 11th Congress.