119 representatives daw voted to cut CHR’s budget to 1K a year. i wanted to know who these reps are but they have yet to be officially identified. the official journal of that event has yet to be posted on the congress website (click on legislative functions, then house journals). will it ever be?
Critics of the decision may want to know the names of those lawmakers, but the chamber only did a headcount, without recording their names.
As Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas explained it: “There is no such record as voting was by ayes and nays.”
umm, we’ll settle for the roll call then and draw our own conclusions. meanwhile i beg the 119 (maybe less) to please read inquirer‘s editorial Zero understanding of the Charter? read also philstar‘s jarius bondoc Given House’s reasoning, CHR deserves P1 trillion, and alex magno Backfire.
The House just pulled the rug from under all official pretenses about the rule of law. The legislators have become unwitting parties to those who claim the country has now fallen under a tyranny.
From all indications, the majority of senators appear inclined to restore the CHR’s original budget – and even increase it as a rebuke to the brainless action of the House.
If the House insists on its budget cut, it risks a confrontation with the Senate. That confrontation could bog down the approval of the entire national appropriations act, leaving government without a budget for next year.
The House could not possibly win such a confrontation. It does not have an armory of justifications for taking the action that they did. The CHR may not be the most popular institution around, but there seems to be no public support for lynching it.
More important, a confrontation between the House and the Senate will be a contest between plain pique and vindictiveness on one hand and the properly appreciated demands of statesmanship. In such a confrontation, statesmanship (and thus properly mustered reason) will be on the side of the Senate.
yes, let’s get behind the senate on this. by katrina’s last count 16 senators including the senate president #StandWithCHR. sana madagdagan pa. 20 at best, counting out diehards sotto and pacquiao. but wait, according to harvey keh’s facebook status, even pacquiao wants the CHR budget restored. hmm. maybe he got a memo from the palace? duterte was just joking when he said he wanted the CHR abolished?
sobra naman kasi sumipsip itong lower house. read philstar’s ana marie pamintuan Budget cut.
… if congressmen weren’t busy licking the boots of their boss at Malacañang, they would be doing justice to their other role in a democracy besides legislation, which is to provide checks and balances to the executive.
As things stand, that function now seems to rest wholly on the Senate. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who is behaving these days as if he’s ruler of the universe – and creating a host of enemies along the way – should learn from one of the longest serving of his predecessors, Jose de Venecia.
In his final days as House chief, Joe de V went around wearing a wristband amulet. This, he told us, was meant to protect him from all the backstabbers in the House. As we all know, the amulet didn’t work. Joe de V suffered more stab wounds (all in the back) than that corpse fished out of a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, identified as 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman.
imagine kung wala nang senado. fair warning to citizens who think a unicameral congress run by the likes of alvarez and fariñas under a federal system is the way to go. isip isip, mga kapatid.