Bets back ‘bundy clock’ for solons



Former Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros. CDN FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said she agreed with the suggestion that lawmakers be made beholden to the bundy clock like most workers to solve the problem of absenteeism among legislators.

Hontiveros, a former House party-list member, said the lawmakers clocking in “could be a great equalizer” that would put powerful lawmakers in the same situation as ordinary wage earners who must submit to salary deductions as a result of habitual tardiness and absenteeism.

Benigno Aquino IV, the youngest of the administration Team PNoy candidates, has proposed that Congress impose fines that would increase with every succeeding unexcused absence.

‘Time-in time-out’ system

“Our students have, in effect, a ’time-in time-out’ system. Our workers and employees also go through this system. So this policy even in our legislature could be a great equalizer,” Hontiveros told a news conference at Team PNoy headquarters in Makati City.

“Our workers… if they are absent or late, their pay gets affected. Why not let our legislators go through the same? They are also working people,” she said.

Hontiveros and Aquino were asked about the issue of absenteeism that has affected most legislative proceedings, particularly with regard to important bills. Absenteeism and the resulting lack of a quorum in the House of Representatives has been widely blamed for the continued nonpassage of the freedom of information bill.

“If students get kicked out of school after several absences or if workers who don’t report for work don’t get paid, why are our lawmakers held up to a different standard?” Aquino told the same news conference.

Aquino also expressed the hope that Sen. Franklin Drilon, the Team PNoy campaign manager who has been repeatedly introduced in campaign sorties as the next Senate President, would support the idea.

“I also hope that Senator Drilon, whom we expect would lead the Senate at some point, would adopt this policy of imposing fines on absentee congressmen and senators,” he said.

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    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Those were given to our honest ancestors not valid to todays politicians.

    • Charlie

      Correct ! Not all of them deserve to addressed that way. Maybe a few would qualify. Call them Mr. xx or Ms./Mrs. xx. It’s even easier to pronounce. Save time and effort pronouncing. We have to use the word “honorable” appropriately so it will not have multiple meanings.

  • wawa2172

    “Our workers… if they are absent or late, their pay gets affected. Why
    not let our legislators go through the same? They are also working
    people,” she said.

    Hmm, I am sure the proposal is just for political gimmick at walang makikinig dito. Bundy clock, di na yata uso ito, dapart biometric system na ang gamitin at wala nang lusot.

  • alex

    bundy clock is not reliable, janitors or messengers can punch in / out in behalf of the legislator
    instead remove pork barrels

  • alex

    lessen number of legislators, 100 will do for congressmen and 12 for the senate. then remove pork barrels!!

    • TotoyKalentong

      Before Martial Law, 120 members was the cap for the House of Represenatatives.

    • Charlie

      Yes, remove the pork barrel and the number of interested parties(politicians) will naturally decline.

  • The Lighthouse

    Good idea but NO to bundy clock. YES to biometrics.

  • Jerome

    Haha..penalty for being absent for congress man and senators…your making me laugh…they don’t care about their salary their in it for the pork barrel, rather remove the pork barrel and channel those funds to other government offices that really needs the funding and also the MOOE fund and just give the senators and congressman a salary package then we can really see who’s in it to serve.

  • Jack Phalaphitac

    Majority of these lawmakers are guilty of what the proposed law aims to penalize, so…Forget it, no bill like that will pass, they won’t hang themselves.

    Just publish the names of those lawmakers who came in late or was absent when Congress is in session. Seeing their names everyday in the Comics section of every newspaper would make us, and maybe them too, laugh out loud, a nice way to start our day.

  • joboni96

    yung assistant ang mag bubundy clock

    ptv4 to cover the solons

    and web broadcasting of absence
    with summaries

  • tra6Gpeche

    The Filipino voters should elect Ms Risa hontiveros and Teddy Casiño as Philippine Senators. They will truly serve the country first because they both have independence of mind and do not depend on anyone’s name and popularity. The proposal “no work, no pay” for the Senators and Congressmen should be enforced by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. But this will be dependent on the integrity, the political will and the character of the Senate President and House Speaker. However, do we have such Filipino lawmakers in the Senate and Congress?

  • Charlie

    I admire Risa Hontiveros’ stand. In fact, if our lawmakers would be fair and decent enough, they would also agree to the suggestion of not using special car plates. Who among them would be brave enough to propose a bill removing their privilege to use special plates ? That would be a real equalizer. After all, are they not public servants ?

  • buttones

    So it has come down to this has it? A reminder- the members of
    the House do not rely on paltry, dismal salaries, they are pathetic anyway, it’s the
    pork- what a silly idea…..who cares? Not only that, even Manny can earn a
    billion peso moonlighting- he gives a hoot about his salary? Get serious!

  • patrickinca

    Huwag na kasi ninyong iboto ang mga Movie stars. Check ninyo kung gaano karami ang absences mga iyan at makikita ninyo na grabe sila.

  • kilabot

    in fairness to solons,
    there are more important matters that need their attention
    than bundy clocks and timein/timeouts;
    like pork, junkets, commissions, stem cell, etc.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    this would fall on deaf ears…

    Dapat NO WORK NO PORK policy.

    and I totally disagree on the previous statement of Bam Aquino regarding the use of Pork.

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