Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Like A Thief In The Night

MANILA, Philippines – Debates dragged for hours but it took only a few seconds for the House of Representatives to approve a resolution that would convene Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

With the “ayes” registering a louder vote than the “nays,” the House of Representatives late Tuesday approved House Resolution 1109 convening Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Even as all the interpellators have yet to speak, Shariff Kabunsuan with Cotabato City Representative Didagen Dilangalen made a motion to stop the interpellation period and go on voting. This was immediately seconded and approved.

Members of the minority registered their objection.

Nueva Vizcaya Representative Carlos Padilla said the country witnessed a "simple tyranny of the majority" and called the chamber "the worst Congress in the annals of Philippine history."



Panahon na upang basagin ang katahimikan.

Nitong mga nagdaang taon ay pinili ko ang manahimik tungkol sa sitwasyong pampulitikal ng bansa. Paano kasi ay wala rin naman akong magagawa rito. Naroon ang Kongreso na ang inatupag ay ilantad ang kanilang pagiging gahaman sa kapangyarihan. Kabi-kabila ang nangyayaring katiwalian. Naroon ang laglagan sa puwesto sa tuwing may kakanta sa mga kaduda-dudang kasunduan ng gobyerno. Sa balita, kitang kita kung paano magsasaksakan patalikod ang dating magka-alyado. Napapailing na lang ako sa tuwing umaalingasaw ang baho ng isang opisyal at hindi maitago ang pagiging guilty nito sa isang iskandalong kinasasadlakan.

Ang lahat ay nakikita ko bilang isang malaking peryahan kung saan ang mga tigapagtanggol ang siyang naaapi at ang mga makasalanan ang siyang nagwawagi. Saan ka nakakita ng House Speaker na hindi kilala ng karamihan? Hindi ko nga matandaan ang mukha ni Nograles eh. Nognog ba ito, o Chihuahua? Ang Senado, na dati-rati ay nakikita ko pang sandigan ay abala ngayon kay Hayden Kho. Siyempre, malapit na ang 2010 kaya't kailangan nila ng mileage para sa darating na eleksyon. What better way to be seen than to grill someone who's immensely notorious these days.

Puta nakakabaliw.

Earlier in the day, administration allies vowed to use their numbers to have HR 1109 approved on Tuesday’s session and will study the option if the House could convene into a constituent assembly even without the Senate.

Interviewed after presiding over a caucus of the majority, Nograles said the bloc would pass HR 1109 and then study their next moves.

“After we pass it we will have to study our next moves, study, legal (study),” he said.

Taking up the constituent assembly resolution was one of the agreements within the merged Lakas-Kampi-CMD party, despite the withdrawal of support of Villafuerte, who recently resigned as Kampi president.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is aware of the plan of the congressmen, the Speaker said.

“Of course, I will not deny that the President just listened, she did not say anything, bahala kayo [It’s up to you],” he added.



Changing the House into a Constituent Assembly has been, and will always be the sole objective of the Representatives. Hindi naman sila ganun ka-sikat para pansinin ng mga artistang pasaway at hindi sila ganun ka media savvy katulad ni Mar Roxas para patulan ni Korina. Masaya na sila na napapangiti ang kanilang amo. Ang bayan ay hindi naman ganun ka-tanga para hindi ma-gets kung ano ang motibo para sa desperadong resolution gaya nito.

At bilib talaga ako sa timing ng pagboto! Panahon ng tag-ulan, malamig at ang lahat ng tao ay abala sa pag-uwi ng kani-kanilang mga bahay. Sa buong mundo ay may financial crisis. May A(H1N1) Virus na kumakalat sa paligid. Marami ang nagugutom at pipiliin na lamang magkalaman ang sikmura sa halip na magmartsa sa kalye. I for one would have chosen the latter. Mas okay na ang may pang-Malate kesa naman nakiki-rally ako at sumusuporta sa opposition na may kanya-kanyang agenda sa paglaban sa gobyerno.

Hindi kaya ganito ang tingin ng marami sa atin?

Aabangan ko ang mangyayari sa susunod na mga araw. Tiyak na hindi tatanggapin ng LAHAT ang karumal-dumal na panglalapastangan na ginawa ng mga kongresista sa ating saligang batas. Sa isang linggo ay magpaparegister ako sa Comelec. Magkapatayan na kapag hindi ako nakaboto sa susunod na taon.

At kay Arroyo at sa mga sanib nito. Lahat ay may kabayaran. Intayin na lang natin kung ano ang magiging pasya ng sambayanan.

With the passage Nueva Ecija Representative Eduardo Nonato Joson likened the country to a woman fighting off a rapist, saying “Huwag po kuya [Please don’t, sir].”

“Let us not gang rape our Constitution,” he said.

Bayan Muna party list Representative Teodoro Casiño said one of the sponsors of the resolution had admitted on the floor that the "whereas clause" in the resolution that prohibits the term extension of the incumbent president and vice president, senators, congressmen, mayors and other elected officials whose term will expire in 2010, and that there would be elections in 2010 was "not binding."

Gabriela partylist Representative Liza Maza asked one of the sponsors, Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga Jr., it was possible under the resolution to postpone the 2010 elections.

"Everything is possible, but it depends on the sound judgment of our colleagues," Barzaga said.

- House Approves Constituent Assembly, INQ.NET

12 comments:

Carlo said...

Let us not be surprised that when we wake up later, a parliament is already in session.

Knox Galen said...

Carlo: Agree. A Toast to the new Parliamentary Democrazy of the Philippines!

blagadag said...

what's happening to our country? the crooks are becoming so vulgar and aggressive. i hope the people would really do something revolutionary again this time.

gillboard said...

siguro if there's one thing that'll make me leave the country.. it's our country's politics.. kasalanan ko rin siguro, di ako bumoboto..

Jason said...

silang kongresistang gahaman... ang mga tunay na VIRUS!

Bloiggster said...

i was surprised when i saw the news last night pag uwi ko... mga lecheng kongresista yan! talagang hahabol kung makakahabol! mga POTAH! masunog sana kaluluwa nila sa impyerno!

Jinjiruks said...

it's a numbers game talaga sa congress, kung ano ang gusto ng majority ang siyang nasusunod. naaalala mo ba ang sinasabi namin ng sup ko na "bloody revolution" simula na dapat ito.

Knox Galen said...

Jinjiruks: This would be a quiet revolution. But the forces who will topple the current order is at its works.

Everyone is tired of the administration. Nag-iintay lang tayo ng isang tao na sisimbolo sa pagbabago.

Bloiggster: A sad day indeed. But it happens. Obserbahan mo lang how things would end.

Knox Galen said...

Jason: Hindi naman lahat ng congressman ay gahaman. Nagkataon lang na marami sa kanila ang ganun.

Gillboard: Hindi pa rin ako bumoboto eh. Hehehe. I won't leave the country still. Masarap na narito at maging bahagi ng pagbabago.

Blagadag: Hangga't may pagkain sa lamesa, walang magrereklamo sa gobyerno. That's how things work here. :P

red the mod said...

the drama that unfolded in the lower house last night overshadows everything that has been happening in the senate. blatantly dismissing the senators' deligated responsibility for the superficiality of exposure. whilst the congress held in their hands a foreboding future both blight and disturbing. as the populace slept, most where unaware of a struggle unfolding amidst the halls of a supposed 'representative' mob. equal parts a scam and a work of genius, the outcome is exemplary of the very state of our nation's political climate. i'm an enraged.

Knox Galen said...

Red: Like I said, I am very impressed with your eloquence. Your words, spoke of what my lyrical desires would die to express.

red the mod said...

@Knox Galen: Salamat po kuya.