Commentaries

From social media to cosplay: How Taiwan politicians are reaching out to voters

J.A. Carizo argues that in elections, it is not only the message that matters but also the medium and messenger. While Taiwan is heavily using the social media as a way to reach out the voters, will cosplaying as a means of getting recognition for the messenger also attract votes? Read here >>

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Rejeanne Lacroix of FairObserver.Com posits that the Russia’s breakaway Republic of Abkhazia, along with South Ossetia, has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. These republics, however, “shift the focus away from geopolitics and toward the idiosyncrasies inherent in political cultures unique to all nations.” Read here >>>

When ‘partylist’ and ‘proportional representation’ acquires a new meaning

When the Party-List System Act of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 7941) was approved in 1995, sectoral groups, especially the marginalized sectors, found hope of having their voices heard in the halls of Congress. Unfortunately, Robert Ingersoll was right: Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity. Instead of the voice and power for the marginalized, the party-list became a system that opened more rooms for political clans and dynasts to strengthen their hold on power.

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How Congresspersons voted in lowering the age of criminal responsibility

So, how did your Congressman voted on House Bill Number 8858 which lowers the age of criminal responsibility from the current 15 years old to 12 years old? Will you still vote for your Congressperson given his/her stand? Read more>>>