Belmonte to discuss absenteeism with coalition leaders


Speaker Feliciano Belmonte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday said he would talk to the leaders of the coalitions within the House of Representatives to iron out issues on absenteeism which has recently plagued its sessions.

Daily reminders through text messages have failed to motivate lawmakers to maintain quorum last week but Belmonte maintained that they would not resort to drastic measures in prodding fellow members to attend sessions.

He said that they had the option to arrest those who were frequently absent from deliberations but insisted that things need not come to that point.

Belmonte said he would talk to the heads of coalitions and “see how today goes first. Whole of last week, (the lack of quorum was the hot issue in the media).  Hopefully ok na yun.”

Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tanada III meanwhile called on fellow members of the House of Representatives to attend sessions, saying that they need to show some “courage to vote on bills based on their conscience and the interest of the majority of our people.”

“This is the reason they were elected in the first place…to be legislators. I think the representatives are responsible enough to attend the sessions specially when there are important bills to be considered,”  Tanada said.

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  • Gerald Abueva

    Belmonte is being less than forthright. He promised to release the attendance record of all the members of the house of congress but he only released the minutes of the meeting or house journal as they call it. To get the attendance record of each house member, one will have to comb through each and every one of those house journals and tabulate. There are differences in (1) names present in opening roll call, (2) names present in mid session, (3) names present in quorum roll call and (4) names present in closing roll call. 

    In short, Belmonte is releasing only the house journals to discourage people from digging deep into the house attendance record.

    Style mo bulok!

  • virgoyap

    Publicize absentee congressmen so that people may know them. They are wasting people’s money.

  • SignTheWaiverNow

    magpasa kayo ng batas na ganito:

    1. a congressman who is absent for 5 days in a month.
                 – penalty: written warning
    2. a congressman who got 3 months over the 5 days absent in a year.
                 – penalty: expulsion from office

    Note: 3 late = 1 absent

    kung ganito ang sistema, tingnan natin kung hindi magsitakbo mga congressman na ito papasok ng batasan.

    wala kasing disiplina e, kung sa mga private organizations nga ganito ang sistema, dapat mas lalo sa mga taga gobyerno!

  • oraman

    nakapuwesto na eh…LOL hindi naman parang eskuwela yan pag panay absent e pwede i-drop LOL kahit i-publicize pa kung sino pinakamaraming absence marami bobotante yan

  • Maldi2

    Simply lang sagot dyan, ask A-Bad and Simeon for pork barrel gaya ng ginawa nila sa pag approve ng impeachment kay Corona.  Mabilis pa sa alas kwatro ang mga yan! Bwehehehehe!

  • popeyee

    Mr. Tanada, important or not important these representatives must attend the session because that’s what they being paid for. Why don’t you implement an “absent-no salary policy”? You’re just wasting our taxes..

  • Jimmy

    Publish the names of these truant congressmen…!!!!

  • Lakan Dupil

    Kawawa ang Bayang Magiliw sa pagkakaroon ng mga pinunong pinagkatiwalaan ng kapangyarihan at pribilihiyo na ginagamit sa sariling kapakanan. Inihalal ng taong bayan upang katawanin ang kanilang distrito upang gumawa ng batas subalit hindi nila tinutupad ang tungkuling inaasahan.

    Kawawa ang bayan dahil ang kanyang mga tao ay hindi nag-iisip kung sino ang tamang taong iluloklok sa tungkulin. Hinahayaan nating maubos ang kaban ng yaman dahil sa mga tampalasang congressman na ito. Ipinagbibili natin ang boto sa pandaliang saya at kakarampot na momo na ang pambili ay galing din sa ating mga mamamayan.

    Hindi lamang si PNoy ang dapat sisihin sa mga nangyayari sa Inang bayan. Tayong mga nagluloklok ng mga namiminuno sa ating bayan ang dapat mag-isip. Higit ang magagawa ng matuwid at disiplinadong mamamayan sa ating Pangulo.

    Kilalanin at huwag hayaang makabalik sa mababang kapulungan ang mga kongresman na ito!!

    • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

       I like your comment Idol!

  • barangayboso

    and they have the courage to call themselves LAWMAKERS… tsk tsk tsk

  • Jon

    Impeach the House sPECKER for negligence of his duties and babying these truants.

  • RomyLitz

    If any degree of absenteeism wont remove a congressman, then who cares about attendance??

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