United Movement Against Drugs Foundation, Inc. (UNI-MAD)
The United Movement Against Drugs Foundation, Inc. (UNI-MAD) is a COMELEC-accredited party-list group running for a seat in Congress in the 2010 elections. UNI-MAD aims to protect the citizenry against the dangers of illegal drugs.
The group previously won a seat in the 14th Congress, filled by its representative, Teodoro L. Lim.
Supreme Court Ruling
In April 2009, UNI-MAD was granted by the Supreme Court a seat in the 14th Congress after they appealed the results of the 2007 elections. Prior to the ruling, 17 party list groups held 22 seats in congress. After the ruling, 29 seats were made available, raising the total number of congressional seats for party-list representatives to 51.
The ruling raised eyebrows as it also allowed a fourth Arroyo family member to take a seat in the Lower House: Lourdes Arroyo, the younger sister of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, for Kasangga, a party-list for small entrepreneurs.
Work in Congress
In the 14th Congress, Lim authored PS00401, which would recognize the drug problem as a continuing threat to national security. The bill was still pending with the Dangerous Drugs Committee as of September 2009.
Lim has also co-authored and supported six House Bills. These include the Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 and a mandate for government institutions suspending loan payments and interest for 90 days for victims of Typhoon Ondoy as a form of economic relief. He also supported the declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao after the Maguindanao massacre in December 2009.
- House of Representatives. (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Party-list groups entitled to 29 seats proclaimed. GMA News.tv. (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- 4th Arroyo in the House once new party-list solons are in. GMA News. (Accessed 22 February 2010)
- Scribd. (Accessed 22 February 2010)