Congress of the Philippines

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Congress of the Philippines
Kongreso ng Pilipinas
Seal of the Congress of the Philippines.png
Overview
Foundation 26 February 2009
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Structure
Headquarters
Batasang Pambansa.jpg
Batasang Pambansa Complex
Quezon City

The Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the national legislative branch of the Philippines.

Each congress convenes every 27th of the month and consists of the duly elected president and members of congress. The Speaker of Congress.

History

After the implementation of a party-list proportional representation voting system in September 2012, congress seats were decided It is usually composed of 40 Congressmen. Initially, members of Congress were 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 is 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 a 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 place, the equality of representation from the country's regions are now dissolved.

Congress elections

List of congresses

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Leadership

On Day 602, President Ariel David Buena suggested creating 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]

Speaker of Congress

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 the impeachment of the Speaker shall follow the same rules as the impeachment of the President.

Deputy Speaker of Congress

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 may be determine.

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

References