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Constitutionalism is taking a severe beating under the Aquino administration.
Just recently, we saw on TV popular local singer Aiza Seguerra offering her girlfriend an engagement ring which the latter accepted with tears of joy. Behind them could be seen Aiza’s mother, all smiles in obvious approval. The two plan to get married in some US state where same-sex marriage is now legal. Other celebrities who are into gay or lesbian relationship have also opted to marry their partners abroad, unmindful of public opinion and the sanctions coming from our local Church.
There is a way to bring down power costs for consumers and at the same time redeem Congress’ bad image in the public’s eye as a result of the pork barrel scam. I would like to propose that lawmakers recommend to Congress that their pork barrel allocations be spent in purchasing solar panels that can be used to power light posts in their districts.
I agree with lawyer Romulo Macalintal: Congress should be abolished. It is only a waste of money and time (“Election lawyer: Abolish Congress,” Opinion, 1/24/14).
I am writing you in the name of the million members of the Senior Citizens Party-list which was duly accredited, qualified and voted into Congress in the last elections.
Way back in 2011, Sen. Miriam Santiago gave us hope with her Senate Bill No. 1967 proposing to put the kibosh on the most shameless habit of politicians: taking personal and undeserved credit for projects wholly funded by tax money. This was the “anti-epal” bill, a word play on “mapapel”—meaning role- or scene-stealer, credit-grabber or garapal! But last we checked, nothing has happened—zero, zilch, nada! After all the sound and fury, she seemed to have totally forgotten about it. The people continue to suffer in silence in the face of the unending test to their patience and insult to their intelligence.
By Edilberto C. de Jesus
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago estimates that senators legally get P1.4 million a month in compensation and allowances. What do we get? Lately, allegations that some senators get much, much more in criminal pork barrel scams and serious questions about the integrity of the institution.
By Neal H. Cruz
Do you know that we taxpayers spent P35.2 billion last year for just one insignificant law? That’s how much we spent for Congress, including the Commission on Appointments (CA) which is composed of senators and congressmen, and their pork barrel, which had not yet been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year. In return, Congress last year passed only one minor law: the one-page Republic Act No. 10632, which suspended the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections. For that one law, Filipino taxpayers spent P35.2 billion! That merits a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The very dismal performance of our legislators in 2013 is enough justification to call for the abolition of Congress. Last year, Congress passed only one law, the one-page Republic Act No. 10632 which suspended the 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
By Neal H. Cruz
Like Dracula, the pork barrel is still alive, only in another form. It turns out that nine senators merely realigned a total of P1.8 billion and congressmen P930 billion of their pork barrel in the 2014 budget despite a Supreme Court ruling that the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the official name of the allocation, [...]
The year 2013 has just ended and we’re barely into the new year. It’s the perfect time to look back at our victories and successes, but it’s also an opportune time to think about the steps we’d like to take moving forward. That’s why the new year is the time when people start making resolutions [...]
By Conrado de Quiros
Congress won’t legalize pot. Several lawmakers came out forcefully recently to say so. This was after Colorado legalized it on New Year’s Day, a thing that gave residents of the state good reason to say “Happy New Year!”