Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Close  
opinion / Latest Opinion

The lower House: ‘Huwag tularan’

opinion / Latest Opinion
  • share this
Letters to the Editor

The lower House: ‘Huwag tularan’

/ 12:58 AM December 27, 2016

St. Theresa’s College (Quezon City) and its alumnae add our voice to those of the many individuals and groups that have spoken to denounce the shameless behavior of members of the House of Representatives at last month’s hearing on the alleged drug trafficking at the national penitentiary.

With very few exceptions, the men and women of the lower house conducted themselves in less than honorable fashion. The questions bordered on the absurd as they insisted on digging into the minutest, most irrelevant details of a senator’s past, ad nauseam. Their lame defense for their behavior, that it was necessary to their investigation, was appalling, to say the least.

Moreover, we find it disturbing and disgusting—as society expects Congress to exhibit the highest decency and integrity as a lawmaking body—that observers in that room, male and female, seemed to find nothing objectionable in the lawmakers’ line of questioning. They laughed and jeered and seemed to egg on their representatives, thrilled by the salacious (and free?) entertainment they were getting.

ADVERTISEMENT

We must ask, as others before us have asked: Was the inquiry really held in aid of legislation? It seemed to us that it was nothing more than a shameless display of congressional power and a total disregard of one’s right to a fair and dignified hearing.

Ladies and gentlemen of the House of Representatives, we ask you these questions: Do you think that your behavior reflected the ethical path toward exercising your mandate as legislators? Do we tell the youth that your actions were the right way to search for truth and deliver justice?

Or do we tell them, “Huwag tularan?”

ST. THERESA’S COLLEGE, QUEZON CITY AND THE STCQC ALUMNAE

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: congress, St. Theresa's College
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved