Character convictions cannot be legislated
The bill entitled political development to provide financial assistance to accredited political parties for their party development and political campaign.
It also aims to punish turncoatism, a politician who change political party membership as well. They are euphemistically also called political butterflies.
Seventeen of the 23 senators have already signified their support albeit with reservations.
The passage of this bill is unnecessary. Why must the government appropriate millions of pesos for the development of a political party? Political parties are vehicles of politicians to advance their political agenda which when they succeed earns financial privileges for them while “serving the people”.
Turncoatism has something to do with character and convictions which can be developed during their educational pursuits. A personal character and his convictions can not be legislated.
It can develop slowly in a person while undergoing educational pursuits.
Strengthening the educational system that will lead to the development not only of our coming politicians but the voters themselves should be considered in the continuing enrichment of curricular offerings in our public and private educational institutions.
Lastly, this bill if becomes a law we can only imagine the large amount to be appropriated for this purpose. Politicians in our country who are masters of manipulations and ill-designed creativity can make hay their political sun shine or sets, via the loopholes in the law to serve their political needs.
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