Tuesday, February 05, 2008

House of Representatives

Last night, my parents were tuned to the live coverage of the plenary session of the lower house of the Philippine Congress. A motion was filed to declare the seat of the Speaker of the House vacant. We caught part of JDV's privileged speech. As well as the tailend of the voting.

JDV sounded so, understandably, wounded. Betrayed. Because he was being ousted, his emotions got the better of him, and he gave the whole country some sort of confirmation, or inside information, on the anomalies that the administration (and the first family) were involved in. One can't help but question his credibility, and his character. He knew of all those things as they were happening, yet he remained silent. Doesn't that make him an accomplice? I'm sure he has reasons for being mum about it, just as he has his reasons for speaking out just now. But that's it, he's a little too late to be the hero.

But I won't judge JDV. What they are doing to him is just what politics is about. It doesn't really matter that it's wrong.

We shouldn't look at this for what it is: a personal attack on JDV, a war between him and the family who lives in Malacanang. I actually think that events like this should be the topic of discussions on Political Science or Governance classes. It's a perfect example of how democracy has failed us.

Don't get me wrong, I am for democracy - a government for the people, of the people and by the people (or something). But just like families can be dysfunctional, so has our government.

One, the Legislative branch is supposed to be separate from the Executive. Yet, it is clearly the hand of Malacanang at work here. Two, when given a chance to explain their votes, the congressmen/women cited that because of differences in principles, they were not granted funds to support projects in their localities. That's bull. If not all congressional districts have a right to funds for infrastructure projects or social services, then why allocate such funds in the first place? Such funds should just be channeled straight to local governments and not to the lawmakers. JDV apparently, failed to look at and treat all representatives the same way.

The happenings last night should teach voters a lesson: choose a rep that can author the laws that matter to you. Road improvement is not the top priority project of legislator, it's to amend laws and make new ones. Leave local projects to the Mayor's office.

When will we ever survive and truly start to rebuild a genuine government for the people? We seem to be farther and farther from it.



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