Magna Carta up in next Congress


A new Magna Carta of the Poor will be introduced in the next Congress and will contain input from President Benigno Aquino III.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. made the assurance in the face of criticism of the President for scuttling the landmark bill.

In a text message, Belmonte said: “We need to revive it. Of course, it has to include the points raised in the presidential veto.”

Belmonte, however, would not go into specifics on the changes that would be made to the Magna Carta, saying the next set of lawmakers would have to decide on these probably before the year is over.

The President vetoed the Magna Carta of the Poor largely because it would be impossible for the government to bankroll the promises mandated by the law—housing, food, shelter, education, health benefits and jobs for the poor.

Mr. Aquino cited the housing commitments in the Magna Carta which would require the government to allocate P2.320 trillion to build 5 million social housing units this year, an amount that is bigger than the P2.006 trillion budget for 2012.

A source said the President was unhappy with his allies in Congress and the Cabinet who should have known better than to enact a law whose goals were impractical and unattainable.

Mr. Aquino did not like that he was being pressured to approve a law that not only had no clear source of funding but carried a massive P300 billion administrative fee.

The President said he would have not vetoed the law had its main authors adopted a “progressive realization” of its goals in the measure rather than a firm commitment.

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  • Jerry Reyes

    Pampogi points yan sa tumatakbo sa lower house. A Useless lw indeed…why not enact more laws to allow the marginal population to have jobs and not rely on the government to feed them.

  • Hellomr

    Let us convert the pork barrel into Magna Carta. For the poor…. Anyway all senators and congressman are all maya yaman na.


      yes and not only that they are mayayaman na, they are suppose to enact laws and not into projects or infrastructures. need we names? thanks hellomr.

  • Hellomr

    Eh ito nga na mga senador at congressman ay umaasa pa dito. Ito pa kayang mga poor na walang trabaho… Sila may trabaho na sa goverment pera asa parin sa kanilang pork barrel.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Hellloooo… Filipinos don’t need that Magna Carta of the Poor created by rich and corrupt politicians. Filipinos are willing to work to raise their standard of living. Give them jobs jobs jobs and more jobs to make them feel secure to get a mortgage from the bank to buy a house wherever they want to live.
    Magna Carta of the Poor is racist, a socialist propaganda that will not work. Look at China and Russia.
    Donkeys in congress and senate should work to legislate on job creations instead of Magna Carta of the Poor which is expensive and not sustainable. Why not create a Magna Carta of the Anti-Political Dynasties and suspiciously very rich?

  • bgcorg

    Filipino constituents, particularly the poor, need growth in different areas or in all fronts, as enumerated and conceptualized by Congress, even without inputs from the chief executive of the land. This should have been done a long time ago by government: embark on a comprehensive, corruption-free program intended to sustain initial gains pump-primed from coordinated programs which should not stop from mere dole-outs, designed to make them dependent all their lives, in a patronizing way, as though to landed planters. For example, nobody expects that, presto, 3M houses will sprout overnight with a budget exceeding the GAA for the year. And, nobody in his right mind, should expect that some money at least should not come back to government from ownership and possession of socialized housing! As usual, if money-making is not at the back of the minds of program administrators, except selfless SERVICE, the country could move much better and sustain the gains government, in the first place, should have tried to achieve: social justice, peace and order and public service according to moral, natural, human and spiritual values.

  • Bryan Kevin Tung

    D new magna carta of d poor will be a good law na kasi wala na c kiko pangilinan. He stupidly insisted on his bill sa bicam. Pumayag nmn ang mga congressmen. Hay naku! Tsupe! My bobong batas kapa na juvenile justice law. Hayan ang ga kabataan committing crimes. Pabata ng pabata na ang ga criminal.

  • virgoyap

    I want to hear from the left concerning this magna carta for the poor. They seems to be silent.

  • Billy Moreno

    The 300B provision for Admin fee was supposed to be the legal budget to the ones who will implement it, Probably about 1 Trillion or more will go to kickbacks or overpricing, etc, you name it. This a money-making scheme that Pnoy did not approve because it is so obvious that his people are trying to legalize corruption. And where will these money come from. …of course from tax-payers who are already very much taxed. He is trying to follow the stupid moves of Obama in the US. See what the economy of the US is now.

  • wawa2172

    I guess the magna carta for the poor was taken advantage by the law makers to source out more money for their pockets. The 300 B administrative fee would mean a major source of corruption. Why not simplify the magna carta and make it attainable that would mean scrapping the controversial 4P’s and integrate it in the law. Scap too the the plan 20B budget for the local government unit na mayor’s ang mag papatakbo, sayang lang ang pera. Well, trillion of pesos is not a joke as a budget at parang walang nag iisip sa congress.

  • Mr. Skeptic

    Jobs, not free handouts, is the solution to poverty in this country. Apparently, our “honorable” congressmen and senators want band-aid solutions to this problem. In the end, they only want the kickbacks and commissions from such a gargantuan project. I would be impressed if they give up their pork barrel allocations and include them into his project. But no, they’re only in office because of the pork barrel.

    • Billy Moreno

      yes I totally agree with u Mr. Skeptic. Jobs are needed not handouts. It make the poor poorer and very lazy.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Hopefully they wont hire ghost and zombie workers.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Filipinos got slickered by fancy famous names politicians who have no understanding of the country’s economics. Most politicians elected in congress and senates have no clues of what to do except accepting bribes, they’re well knowledgeable of how graft and corruption works but zero knowledge of how to create jobs for the poor unemployed Filipinos.

    So many Filipinos graduated with higher education than these politicians who can’t find job. Filipinos are well educated but zero job waiting for them except going to foreign countries and often became victims of abuses and slavery. Abused and victimized by government officials, recruiters and has to pay high fees to get employed abroad.

    The poor has become the pawn during elections. Political candidates vowed they’re pro-poor, presidential candidates promised high heavens for the poor, their terms ended in heavenly comfort after amassing humongous amount of wealth from graft and corruptions. While the victimized poor Filipinos remained in the hellhole Philippines.

    All Filipinos needed is a respectable full time permanent jobs jobs jobs and more jobs. They should be able to feel the financial security and become an assets to the banking system where they can be legible to get a mortgage loan to buy a house with the freedom to live wherever they want, not in a government made ghettos where no livelihoods are available. It’s like you’re thrown into a deserted island to survive on your own.

    With more jobs, the more personal tax revenue will be generated for the government. Filipinos with secure jobs will spend money and make the country’s economy vibrant.

    This is the only solution for this country. Filipinos don’t need a welfare handouts to feel the freedom. Welfare handouts will control the poor people, corrupt government officials and politicians will used it for personal gains. Filipinos need jobs, not a hotbed of corruption Magna Carta crap.

    We Filipinos don’t need that fancy Magna Carta of the Poor crap, we need jobs jobs and that’s all. We feel financial freedom we feel free from oppressions. We feel freedom when we have options where to live and have a bit of luxury we called our home.

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