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 Peter Wallace
Amendments to the Cabotage Law would help do it. There’s a bill in Congress—and has been there since the late 1990s. As expected, approval of the bill is being opposed by local shipping companies, one of which had too many accidents that resulted in the death of more than 4,000 passengers yet is still allowed to ply its deadly trade. I’ve no idea why. Perhaps someone at the transportation department can tell me.
By Peter Wallace
It’s called the proposed Freedom of Information Act and it seeks to promote transparency in government transactions. The President promised its passage during the campaign: He must honor his promise.
By Neal H. Cruz
Malacañang speaks with a forked tongue. It says the graft-ridden PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) has been abolished by President Aquino. Not totally true.
After a seeming endless and arduous debate in Congress, the Reproductive Health Law is now in the hands (or minds) of our Supreme Court justices. The central issue is whether or not the law violates the constitutional provision on the right to life. Everyone knows that finding an irrefutable answer to the question [...]
We, the fast-diminishing remnants of the country’s decades-long underprivileged “members of POOR” (pension-less old-age and optional retirees under Republic Act No. 1616), most respectfully make this urgent appeal principally to our Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto and to the other senators of the 16th Congress: Please revive and steer Senate Bill No. 2854 [...]
Countries with Freedom of Information laws “have lower incidence of corruption” and a better quality of life than nations that just recently enforced such a measure or have none at all, according to a study by former Inquirer reporter Edson Tandoc Jr., a Fulbright scholar and doctoral candidate at the Missouri School of Journalism.
A new Congress, a new opportunity for the Freedom of Information bill to make it through the mill—if President Aquino decides to fulfill his campaign promise and push for it. That “if” is the biggest stumbling block to the bill’s passage. The President—however much he has been reminded that people voted for him partly because he promised a more open, transparent system of governance—has found various reasons to stall, delay and evade forthright action on the FOI bill. With three congresses having gone by and the bill still stuck in a legislative no man’s land, his justifications have grown more untenable, and the public’s patience is wearing thin.
Cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war! Parañaque City Rep. Gustavo Tambunting has filed a bill in Congress seeking to institute a Code of Conduct for Demolition and Eviction of Homeless and Underprivileged Citizens.
By Conrado de Quiros
The battle lines are being drawn in Congress. That’s between Church and State, and that’s over divorce.
While the avowed focus of the 1st Inquirer Senate Forum last Wednesday was the inner workings of the Senate, the three former and four incumbent senators who accepted the invitation spent more time discussing pressing issues, including the hot-button topic of political dynasties.
By Albert del Rosario
, Didier Burkhalter
On Jan. 28, the Philippine Congress passed the landmark law on the reparation and recognition of victims of human rights violations during the Marcos regime. President Aquino brought the “Compensation Act” into force by signing it on Feb. 25. Its passage reflects the high importance the Philippine government is devoting to the promotion and [...]