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No need to arrest absentee solons, House leaders say

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MANILA, Philippines – Although arresting its members in order to muster quorum is an option, lawmakers on Monday saw no need for the House of Representatives to resort to such a move just yet.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. himself said they would not resort to such a move in order to get lawmakers to show up during session. He said that he felt that last week’s focus on the lack of quorum by the media was enough to motivate those within their ranks to attend session.

Cibac Partylist Representative Sherwin Tugna, who has earlier said that legislators who have consistently been skipping work at the House of Representatives can be ordered arrested, said that its leadership has other “less drastic ways to be able to persuade and subtly compel colleagues to attend plenary session.”

Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo said, “The idea of arresting solons to compel attendance is not ideal. We should appeal to the sense of country and duty of the members of Congress. We’ve passed difficult and controversial measures in the last two years, so kaya namin ito (we can do this),”

While he also acknowledged that the House leadership has an option to compel its members to attend session, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said,  ”tingnan natin, baka hindi na kailangan pwersahin. (Let’s see. Maybe there is no need to force them).”

Lagman is the main proponent of House Bill 4244 known as Reproductive Health bill, one of the key proposed measures pending at the House of Representatives. Lack of quorum has brought developments on the bill to a halt, causing tension among legislators.

Pangasinan Representative Kimi Cojuangco claimed for instance that House majority leader Neptali Gonzales II supposedly said that the RH bill has already died in the 15th Congress.

But Lagman said he was not at all bothered by it, saying that Gonzales’ statement could just have been “taken out of context.”

He said the period of amendments on the bill would go by swiftly if they would do it by substitution.

If his colleagues would agree to adopt the substitute bill earlier crafted and circulated by pro-RH solons, then Lagman said,  “Madali na lang ito.”

He said the period of amendments would take longer if they would agree on doing individual amendments for HB 4244.

Lawmakers backing the RH Bill want it approved on second reading before they go on Christmas break on December 22.


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  • bugoybanggers

    Iyan na nga ang sinasabi. Alam ba ito ng mga CONSTITUENTS o puro na naman dahilan. Ang dapat tumbukin dito ay yung mga BOBOTANTE na bumoto sa mga walang kwentang mambabatas ng PILIPINAS. Nakakahiya at parang kapalan na naman ng mukha. Ang mga TAO kasi ang may pasya na ilolok ang mga tulad nila. Hirap talagang umusad ang BANSA.

  • Bad_Ong

    Hold or suspend their pork barrel –as simple as that and let’s see if they won’t be there 1st thing in the morning!

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Useless Solons! They should all be shot in the head. They are all good to steal money!

  • jeffrey_01

    Sense of duty from the Tongressman and Senatong?  Pweeeeee.  Donkeyholes!!!

  • divictes

    Appeal to their sense of country and duty? Nahhh… it’s fufile. Appeal to their GREED. No work, no pork.

  • http://inquirer.net unokritiko

    no matter what they do they will still make an absent.
    The best thing here is divide the number of days of session of congress with their pork barrel and  only when they present they will be given.
    This people are useless in society just thinking of their pork.

    • captainramius

      Yes I agree.  Though I read somewhere , the topnotchers , Jules Ledesma Negros, Jackie Enrile ( yes the aspiring senator ) Bobby Syjuico are members of the entrenched political dynasty clan and very very rich families who really dont need pork barrel to lord it over their feudal kingdom in their provinces. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      HOLD THE PORK BARREL OF THE TONGRESSMAN ANO GINAGAWA NG HOUSE SPEAKER MGA KAMPON NG CBCP NANJAN LANG SA PALIGID NAPA KA DELIKADO TERRORISTA”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Wag nang arresto.
    I-firing squad na lang.

  • captainramius

    The people actually would be overjoyed if you arrest these so called public servants.Pls publish their names especially those top nochers… Jules Ledesma, jackie Enrile, Manny pacquiao..

    Its really time to amend the constitution and adopt a parliamentary form of govt we will have one parliament… abolish congress and senate save on pork will be in billions .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IS6KI2U7EDZS6D2Q7MZ3Z6CAME Lila

    then why not kick-out these solons? If they will not do their job why do we have to contend with them??

  • $5699914

    useless people…..ah, kaya kung minsan mas ninanais ko ang one-man, strong-man rule para ituwid ang baluktot na pag-uugali ng mga politikong ito…..

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    can PDI please publish the attendance our our good Congressman please?

    It will the best way to inform the public and make these people accountable for their actions!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CBCP BISHOPS SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KUNG KAY MARCOS YAN BATAS NA YAN R.H BILL NAYAN PANGULO AY AANGA ANGA” NAPAKABAGAL BAKA MAY DEATH PENALTY PA KATULAD SA SINGAPORE ISA PINAKAMAYAMAN BANSA SA BUONG MUNDO ANG BAGAL NI AQUINO KUNG ANO ANO GINAGAWA FOI BILL IMPORTANTE DIN YAN MATATAGALAN PA UMASENSO PILIPINAS PAG GANYAN LIDER MO AASAHAN ANG BAGAL PARA NANAY NIYA BINABANTAYAN DIN ANG PRESYO NG GALUNGGONG SA PALENGKE” PINAS AY UNSAFE SA TURISTA AT MALILIIT NA NEGOSYO  HIGH CRIME RATE”’



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