2013-09-27 18:17:52 -
Balita Pinoy Starts An E-Petition Facility
Filipino news website Balita Pinoy brings the E-Petition to the Philippines
Balita Pinoy' E-Petition facility will help you get your point across and may make a difference
Balita Pinoy has opened an E-Petition facility for users which is totally free of charge.
Although the USA and British governments have an E-Petition facility, there is not one operating for Filipinos.
A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity.
In the colloquial sense, a petition is a document addressed to some official and signed by numerous individuals. A petition may be oral rather than written, and in this era may be transmitted via the Internet.
Imperial China petitions were always sent to an Office of Transmission where court secretaries read petitions aloud to the emperor.
Petitions could be sent by anybody, from a scholar-official to a common farmer, although the petitions were more likely read to the emperor if they were persuasive enough to impeach questionable and corrupt local officials from office. When petitions arrived to the throne, multiple copies were made of the original and stored with the Office of Supervising Secretaries before the original written petition was sent to the emperor.
Petitions were a common form of protest and request to the British House of Commons in the 18th and 19th centuries, the largest being the Great/People's Charter, or petition of the Chartists. They are still presented in small numbers, however, in very recent years the UK Government have introduced their own E-Petition. These allow petitioners to open petitions on a government website, and if more than 100,000 votes are made, the matter will be debated on the floor of the House of Commons, and is proving quite popular.
The Petition Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The right to petition has been held to include the right to file lawsuits against the government. (Source Wikipedia)
Petitions are commonly used in the U.S. to qualify candidates for public office to appear on a ballot; while anyone can be a write-in candidate, a candidate desiring that his or her name appear on printed ballots and other official election materials must gather a certain number of valid signatures from registered voters. In jurisdictions whose laws allow for ballot initiatives, the gathering of a sufficient number of voter signatures qualifies a proposed initiative to be placed on the ballot. The 2003 California recall election, which culminated in the recall of Governor Gray Davis and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger, began when U.S. Representative Darrell Issa employed paid signature gatherers who obtained millions of signatures at a cost to Issa of millions of dollars. Once the requisite number of signatures was obtained on the recall petition, other petitions were circulated by would-be candidates who wanted to appear on the ballot as possible replacements for Davis. After that step, a vote on the recall was scheduled.
Other types of petitions include those that sought to free Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment by the former apartheid government of South Africa. The petitions had no legal effect, but the signatures of millions of people on the petitions represented a moral force that may have helped free Mandela and end apartheid.
Non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International often use petitions in an attempt to exert moral authority in support of various causes. Other nongovernmental subjects of petition drives include corporate personnel decisions.
The Internet or E-Petition is a new form of a petition becoming commonplace in the 21st century.
The E-Petition facility from Balita Pinoy should help give voice both to Filipinos (including OFW's) and others as there are no restrictions on who may use the facility.
To use this free E-Petition facility, click on the link below: