Philippine Congress

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The Philippine Congress
The Forty-Fifth Philippine Congress

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The Philippine Congress
Official Seal of the Philippine Congress

The Philippine Congress (Filipino: Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the national legislative body of the Philippines. It is usually composed of 40 Congressmen. Initially, members of Congress are divided accordingly to the 4 regions of the Philippines, with each of the regions having 9 representatives plus 4 wildcard winners. However in September 2012, a new voting system was implemented by the eRepublik Administrators.

In the new election system, voters are now required to vote for the political party, not the candidates for election. However, the candidates are still required to submit their candidacy in order to be eligible for the election. The top 5 political parties in the country are only eligible for the vote. The percentage of seats of the political parties are determined from the percentage of votes received by the political party. If ever a party has received enough percentage of votes but is lacking with sufficient number of seats due to lack of candidates, the remaining vacant seats are disregarded. With this, the 40 seats available and up for election are not always assured to be filled after the results have been announced.

Having the current election system in placed, the equality of representation from the country's regions are now dissolved.

The Congress elections usually takes place on every 25th day of the month. Each member elected receives an amount of 5 Gold, 20 Experience Points, and an achievement award.

The Philippine Congress is headed by the Speaker elected by the members of the current legislative body.

Positions in the Congress

On Day 602, the President Ariel David Buena suggested to create Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions in order for the Congress to be organized. The next congress (Sixth Congress), the positions were made official and they elected the first Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Philippine Congress. [1]

Congress Speakership

The Speaker of the House will be responsible for:

  1. Setting the agenda of the Philippine Congress.
  2. Moderating Congress debates and discussions (telling people to shut up when they get too noisy or irrelevant)
  3. Next month, the Speaker will be the one to create this nomination thread, the Congress sign-in thread, as well as the article instructing newly elected congressmen what to do.
  4. Telling when Congress can make 'lulz' proposals and when they can't, and what kind.
  5. Make rules and guidelines for making proposals and how to vote on them.
  6. Maintain a voting record.
  7. Update the public on Congress activities through articles.
  8. Keep congressmen happy.

The Speaker after the expiration of his/her term shall continue to serve in a hold-over capacity until a new Speaker shall have been elected. The extension shall not however exceed 5 days.

In exchange for the dutiful dispensation of these responsibilities, the Speaker will be addressed directly as "Mr. Speaker, Your Honor", and otherwise will be addressed in the third person. He will also be loved and adored by the Filipino people.

  • The term of the Speaker of the House shall last for one month along with his/her term as congress member.
  • Rules for impeachment of the Speaker shall follow the same rules as impeachment of the President.

Congress Deputy Speakership

The Deputy Speaker, (Officially Pro-Tempore Speaker), of the House will be responsible for assisting the Speaker on all the task stated above, and other duties and functions as maybe determine.

  • The term of the Deputy Speaker of the House shall last for one month along with his/her term as congress member.

The Legislatures of Philippines

The Congress of the Philippines has been around for more than 3 years since the inaugural of the first Congress in February 26, 2009.

Legislature Session Started Session Ended Number of Members Election Election Results House Speaker Deputy Speaker
1st Congress February 26, 2009 March 25, 2009 40 February 25, 2009 15 NPC; 15 FGP; 5 PFF; 5 PN None1
2nd Congress March 26, 2009 April 25, 2009 March 25, 2009
16 FPM; 12 PFF; 6 PN; 4 FGP
3rd Congress April 26, 2009 May 25, 2009
April 25, 2009 18 SGV; 12 FPM; 6 PFF; 4 PAP
4th Congress May 26, 2009 June 25, 2009 May 25, 2009
13 KMP; 13 PFF; 11 FPM; 2 NFP
5th Congress June 26, 2009 July 25, 2009 June 25, 2009
13 FPM; 12 KMP; 7 PFF; 5 NFP
6th Congress July 26, 2009 August 25, 2009 June 25, 2009
17 FPM; 12 KMP; 7 PFF; 2 CP-P; 1 TNB Nikko_33 joshjoson
7th Congress August 26, 2009 September 25, 2009 August 25, 2009
16 KMP; 13 FPM; 8 PFF; 2 CP-P; 1 TNB joshjoson Anti-Beelzebub
8th Congress September 26, 2009 October 25, 2009 September 25, 2009
14 KMP; 11 FPM; 7 PFF; 4 FLP; 1 WR joshjoson Revilo X
9th Congress October 26, 2009 November 25, 2009 October 25, 2009
16 KMP; 12 FPM; 5 PFF; 4 FLP; 3 WR Revilo X Ariel David Buena
10th Congress November 26, 2009 December 25, 2009 November 25, 2009
18 KMP; 10 FPM; 6 PFF; 4 FF; 2 FLP Revilo X Keegan Knoll
11th Congress December 26, 2009 January 25, 2010 December 25, 2009
11 KMP; 10 FPM; 8 FF; 7 PFF; 3 FLP Keegan Knoll CruelBear
12th Congress January 26, 2010 February 25, 2010 222 January 25, 2010
8 KMP; 4 FPM; 4 FF; 3 PFF; 3 FLP Revilo X cruelbear
13th Congress February 26, 2010 March 25, 2010 303 February 25, 2010
8 KMP; 4 FPM; 4 FF; 3 PFF; 3 FLP Revilo X cruelbear
14th Congress March 26, 2010 April 25, 2010 404 March 25, 2010
No Official Records Rupert Jaradal Vacant
15th Congress April 26, 2010 May 25, 2010 305 April 25, 2010
Rupert Jaradal Paul delos Santos
16th Congress May 26, 2010 June 25, 2010 86 May 25, 2010
indielfi Niall H
17th Congress June 26, 2010 July 25, 2010 307 June 25, 2010
Hekter Jelly9473
No Official Records for the 18th Congress to the 37th Congress; There were no elections held in September 25, 2011 as the Philippines was annexed by Taiwan, and in April 25, 2012 as the Philippines was conquered by Indonesia
38th Congress May 26, 2012 June 25, 2012 208 May 25, 2012
9 RDPM; 8 RSP; 8 KMP; 3 DPP; 2 NH None Elected
No Official Records for the 39th Congress
40th Congress July 26, 2012 August 25, 2012 309 July 25, 2012 8 RSP; 5 KMP; 3 DPP; 2 ANH; 2 EPM None Elected
41st Congress August 26, 2012 September 25, 2012 40 August 25, 2012 15 RSP; 9 KMP; 8 RDPM; 6 DPP; 2 SE
42nd Congress September 26, 2012 October 25, 2012 40 September 25, 2012 13 RSP; 11 RDPM; 10 KMP; 3 DPP; 3 M
43rd Congress October 26, 2012 November 25, 2012 2010 October 25, 2012 6 RSP; 6 KMP; 5 RDPM; 2 DPP; 1 M
No elections were held in November 25, 2012 and December 25, 2012 as the Philippines was partly rented by Taiwan and Indonesia and partly conquered by Brazil
44th Congress January 26, 2013 February 25, 2013 2011 January 25, 2013 7 RSP; 6 KMP; 5 RDPM; 1 M ; 1 DPP Al Raposas (interim speaker)
45th Congress February 26, 2013 March 25, 2013 912 February 25, 2013 7 RDPM; 3 KMP; 2 RSP; 1 M ; 1 DPP Boy Pick Up (interim speaker)
No election was held in March 25, 2013 as the Philippines was partly conquered by China and Indonesia
46th Congress April 26, 2013 May 25, 2013 713 April 25, 2013 4 KMP; 1 RDPM; 1 M; 1 PSG None Elected
No election was held in May 25, 2013, June 25, 2013 and July 25, 2013 as the Philippines was conquered by China
47th Congress August 26, 2013 September 25, 2013 2614 August 25, 2013 7 KMP; 6 M; 5 RDPM; 5 PSP; 3 PKP Boy Pick Up
Notes

  1. ^ Position was not yet implemented.
  2. ^ The total membership of the newly created Twelfth Congress was reduced to 22 from the usual 40 members after when Mindanao and Visayas were annexed by Malaysia before the Twelfth Congress elections. The annexation was due to prevent a political takeover by 888channers, an external internet troll group from 4chan. The regions were returned 2 days after the elections.
  3. ^ The total members of the newly created Thirteenth Congress was reduced to 30 from the usual 40 members. The decrease of membership was due to the annexation of Mindanao by Malaysia in order to prevent an invasion of the Indonesian forces.
  4. ^ All regions of the Philippines were annexed by the US Government as part of a plan to prevent a Serbian political takeover. The Philippines, however, was lent the region of Sabah by Malaysia, and hold a temporary regions of 4 from China.
  5. ^ Before the elections for the Fifteenth Congress, Luzon, Visayas, and Palawan are returned in to the Philippines; Mindanao was still annexed by USA. With 3 regions only, the up for election Congress seats were reduced to 30 from the usual 40.
  6. ^ Luzon was the last remaining region after Indonesia attacked Visayas and Mindanao; Palawan was annexed by Malaysia. The maximum number of seats available were 10; however Luzon had only 8 candidates before the other more populated regions were taken over.
  7. ^ The total members of the newly created Seventeenth Congress was reduced to 30 from the usual 40 members. The decrease of membership was due to the annexation of Mindanao by Malaysia in order to prevent a possible invasion of the Indonesian forces.
  8. ^ Luzon and Palawan were the only regions liberated by the Philippines; thus being allowed only to have 20 Congress members.
  9. ^ The Philippines regions were only 3, thus being allowed only to have 30 Congress members.
  10. ^ The Philippines only managed to free Mindanao and Visayas, thus being allowed to have only 20 Congress members.
  11. ^ The Philippines regions were only 2, thus being allowed only to have 20 Congress members. Palawan and Mindanao are occupied by Spain.
  12. ^ The Philippines regions was only 1, thus being allowed only to have 10 Congress members. Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are partly occupied by China and partly rented by Indonesia. Al Raposas resigned his post.
  13. ^ The Philippines regions was only 1, thus being allowed only to have 10 Congress members. Visayas is conquered by China, while Palawan and Mindanao are occupied by Indonesia. RDPM, PSG and MAHARLIKA are each eligible for two seats but were only able to run one candidate each.
  14. ^ The Philippines wasn't able to free Visayas from China before elections, thus being allowed only to have 30 Congress members. KMP is eligible for eleven seats but was only able to run seven candidates.

Sources

  1. http://www.erepublik.com/en/article/wanted-speaker-of-the-house-857727/1/20 Wanted: Speaker of the House. Article by Ariel David Buena of the eRepublik Outsider.