By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Fifteen organizations banded together under the Environment Vote Alliance came up with its agenda that could serve as guide for voters in choosing who among the candidates are genuinely concerned about the environment. The alliance is also challenging candidates to pursue the six-point agenda if they win in the May 2010 elections.

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Making a mockery of the party-list system, which is supposed to provide space for marginalized and under-represented sectors in the formulation of laws, are party-list groups that are represented not by the marginalized but those who seek a seat in Congress to reinforce the Arroyo clique and those who are motivated by self-serving ends.