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  • Voters can end dynasties
    Solon pushes for voter education to complement Anti-Dynasty Bill “It would be great to have an Anti-Dynasty Law to eradicate the pernicious practice of feudalism in our government. But I believe the people themselves can do this on their own.” That is Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list Representative Sherwin Tugna’s reaction to the proposed bill in the Senate which seeks to end political dynasties in the country. “We can legislate a law in Congress but I doubt if it would ever be passed as the people who will pass it are also members of a dynasty. Any reaction you would get from them would always be just lip service. Either that or they try to beat around the bush in providing an answer in the dynasty issue or they redefine and embellish the meaning of what a political dynasty is,” says Tugna. “Ending political dynasties is not about ending the service that some families have offered the public. It is about leveling the playing field for everyone who...
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  • Solon wants to adopt public interviews for key government positions Solon wants to adopt public interviews for key government positions
    Proposes that JBC extends the scope of the public interviews “Public interviews must not only be limited to aspirants of positions in the Supreme Court but also to those holding other key government positions.”

    That is Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list Representative Sherwin Tugna’s reaction to the Judicial and Bar Council’s (JBC) decision to open to the public the panel interviews of those nominated to become Associate Justice. The council earlier ruled that they would no longer allow public coverage of the interviews. A vacant seat for the position of Associate Justice opened up when Maria Lourdes Sereno was appointed Chief Justice by President Noynoy Aquino.

    “The public panel interviews of the JBC a few months ago gave the public a peek at the process and made them more aware on how members of the Supreme Court get chosen. We learned a lot from these interviews, from the process down to the interviewees. It’s a very informative...
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  •  Solon on Sin Tax Bill: We Must Pass a Law with Political Will Solon on Sin Tax Bill: We Must Pass a Law with Political Will
    We cannot serve two masters at one time “The 15th Congress is at its home stretch. It would be great if an important bill like the Sin tax bill could be passed without further delay.”

    “We have to enact a law which promotes the policies and programs our government adheres to. Of course every action would somehow negatively affect one sector one way or another. We must make a choice. If the positive benefits of the bill outweigh the negative impacts, then we must stand by it rather than trying to serve two masters at one time. It is better not to enact a law that does not maximize its potential benefits to more people because such act is very pretentious and misleading. If the bill has negative consequences, the government must address them separately by measures not related to the bill like giving more jobs to people and finding substitute sources of income for workers affected,” says Tugna.

    That is Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list...
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Representatives

  • Rep. Sherwin N. Tugna Rep. Sherwin N. Tugna
    Congressman Sherwin N. Tugna uses his knowledge of the law, a degree he earned at the Ateneo Law School, in fulfilling his passion as a public servant through the Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list. His years in private practice has honed him in the application of the law and made him aware of what...
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  • Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales Rep. Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales
    Congresswoman Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales finished her high school at St. James Academy in Malabon City. She took up her pre-law course at the University of Sto. Tomas and thereafter pursued law at San Beda College where she earned a degree in Bachelor of Laws in 1990.
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