Aquino slams law creating new political district in Camarines SurOn his official website and Facebook page the senator explained his motivations:
By Tetch Torres
MANILA, Philippines—Presidential aspirant Senator Benigno "Noynoy" C. Aquino III on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional a law creating a new district in Camarines Sur which he said is meant to potentially accommodate administration lawmakers, including Representative Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo.
Aquino said Republic Act 9716 will create the third district in Camarines Sur, thus, favoring not only Arroyo but also Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya.
“With this law, they don’t have to run against each other,” Aquino said.
I wish to clarify that I am not against additional representation in the House of Representatives. In fact, I believe that people should not only be adequately represented in national policy making, but their voices should also be heard equally in Congress through their chosen representatives. However, representation should be based on a uniform and progressive ratio as provided for in our Constitution and that one man’s vote should be equal to that of the other. I am not asking for mathematical precision—only that the Constitutional standards of population and contiguity be observed, at all times, in the creation of new congressional districts.I wish you luck, Senator, because my initial observation is that your lawyers will have trouble with the second sentence of Section 5(3), Article VI of the Constitution which says, "Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative." But as one who hails from Camarines Sur, I must say I appreciate the effort.