UNA senatorial bets question proposed ‘no-work-no-pay’ policy for lawmakers

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Vice President Jejomar Binay speaks to the crowd of Makati resident during the proclamation rally of United Nationalist Alliance’s local candidates. Matikas Santos/INQUIRER.net photo

MANILA, Philippines—A senatorial candidate from the opposition party said Wednesday the concept of the proposed “no-work-no-pay” policy in the Congress “is a nice soundbyte” but has underlying issues in the aspect of implementation.

Speaking to reporters during the sidelines of the United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) proclamation party for its local bets in Makati City, senatorial candidate Gregorio Honasan questioned the possible technicalities that may arise from the concept, such as what the term “work” would mean in the application of the policy.

“Ano ang ibig sabihin ng work (What do you mean by work)? Attendance? Product? Output?” Honasan said.

“’Yung hindi ibibigay in terms of [Priority] Development Assistance [Fund], saan mapupunta? (What you won’t give in terms of PDAF, where will it go?)” Honasan said.

Earlier reports had it that President Aquino’s cousin and Liberal Party bet Paolo Benigno Aquino IV urged to adopt the policy in the 16th congress in a bid to curb absenteeism of some members of the legislative chamber.

He said lawmakers who would repeatedly fail to attend sessions should be slapped with fines, but said that he disagrees with the “no work, no pork” proposal.

Congressmen receive a yearly PDAF of P70 million each while senators get P200 million each per year.

“What will it take? A resolution? Do you think Congress will legislate against itself?” Honasan said.

For his part, another UNA bet, former Senator Dick Gordon, said such policy is not needed.

“Maglalagay ka nang no-work, no-pay tapos hindi iiral. Lalong humihina ang resolve ng tao (You will put a no-work, no-pay but it will not prosper. The person’s resolve will weaken),” Gordon said, adding that what needs to be given attention are other problems such as the power crisis in Mindanao

Former Senator Ernesto Maceda, on the other hand, said that not giving a congressman his salary for his/her excessive absences cannot be really considered as penalty since a congressman’s salary is relatively small.

“Kahit aalisin, hindi din mararamdaman . . . walang epekto (Even if it is removed, it can’t be felt),” he said, but added that he is OK with the policy since he doesn’t have problems with his attendance.

Lawmakers attend to committee hearings, plenary sessions, and investigations, while congressmen attend to district matters during weekends.

UNA held its proclamation rally in Makati City Tuesday evening for incumbent Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Jun Jun” Binay, and his running mate for vice mayoral post Marge De Veyra.

The event was also attended by his father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, as well as his two other sisters, Nancy and Abigail, who are both seeking a seat in the Senate and Congress, respectively under UNA.

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  • ryan andres

    UNA sa kabalbalan
    UNA sa kasakiman

    UNA sa katamaran

    tangUNA nyo UNA! Pati ba naman no-work-no-pay di nyo pa maintindihan? Kung kaming regular na empleyado eh hindi exempt dyan sa no work no pay policy, kayo pa kaya?

    • yesyesyo

      Parati kasing late yan kaya ayaw ni honasan ng bundy clock.

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      Una sa kurakot.

    • Beersheva

      UNA sa political dynasty

  • Guest

    Si Joker Arroyo na 82 years old na nagtatrabaho ba, pero itong si Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, kabata-bata eh tamad.

  • calipso_2100

    UNA kc kayong aabsent kay UNA din kayong kumekwestyon.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Idiots, that is is precisely why you are called liemakers este lawmakers…. to enact laws. Mr. Punasan the Gringo who is not exactly a Gringo desperately tries to make excuses using “technicalities” acting like a moron with comprehension problem, LOL. Good lawmakers write laws that are clear and not open to all sorts of slacker interpretation. So if you come up with a convoluted no work no pay policy, it only means one thing, you are all shameless incompetent leeches out to milk Juan De La Cruz whether you work or not.

    • sabaw_at_kanin

      ngatal kaagad ang baba ni Honasan ng malaman na babawasan ang PDAF! pareho lang kayo ni Trillanes na walang ginawa kundi ngumawa. yung mga sinabi nyong mga bills ninyo sa Senado, nakipirma lang kayo bilang co-author at hindi nyo naman pinagtrabahuhan.

      magre-reklamo din tiyak ang Top Ten sa Congress absenteeism na si Jack Enrile. ubos tiyak ang PDAF niya, baka sa dami ng absences niya, abonado pa siya.

  • gikiness

    UNA…

    UNAng mag oobject
    UNAng mag rereklamo

  • jinx

    Bakit Punasan meron ka bang matinong “work” na nagawa sa kongreso? Puro ka lang pasikat, palusot at pa-kudeta.

    • hustlergalore

      MERON naman! ang galing-galing kayang umuOO ni honasan kay enrile. LOL

  • boboposter

    hindi alam ni Gringo Honasan ang ibig sabihin ng work.

    Mabuhay ang inutil na senado!!!

  • boetdebane

    trapong trapo ang arrive ng mga UNA senatoriables…pa- epal pa sa madlang pipol. Wala akong iboboto sa inyo..urgh…urgh…urgh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cali-To/100001548147821 Cali To

    hanggang ngaun…up to NGA NGA lang itong Honasan….BOBO! humawak ka na lang ng Uzi!!! diyan ka lang naman magaling!

  • UrHONOR

    >>>“Ano ang ibig sabihin ng work (What do you mean by work)? Attendance? Product? Output?” Honasan said. “’Yung hindi ibibigay in terms of [Priority] Development Assistance [Fund], saan mapupunta? (What you won’t give in terms of PDAF, where will it go?)” Honasan said.<<<

    BAKIT takot-na-takot sa NO WORK-NO PAY proposal? Ano pa yong tinatanong na eche-bureche, e, kahit na sinong mag-tataho ay kayang-kayang intindihin ang kaisipang yan? Pag hindi nagtrabaho sa araw ng trabaho, walang sweldo…..anong hirap intindihin dyan? Yong detalya ng consequences ay SAKA na….madali nang kamadahin ang TNL na detalyang yan. Ang mahalaga ay yong PRINCIPLE.

    KUNG sabagay, hindi din naman dapat na pagtakhan kung bakit uma-angal ang mga TNL na mga trapo at lampaso ng UNA dahil YAN naman talaga ang PINUPUNTIRYA nila…. ang MAKA-DENGGOY na naman sa mga kabayan sa pamamagitan ng TNL na PDF na siyang pinakamalaking TONG sa mga pulitikero. NATITIYAK ko, kung wala ayng TNL na PDF na yan, wala na din yang UNA!

  • vaporub123

    una senatoriables,be informed that all government employees from the lowly mmda street cleaner to the philippine president are being paid by taxpayers money.and your only working for less than half a year,and less than 8 hours per working days;with perks like pork barrels,big salaries and allowances.MAHIYA-HIYA NAMAN KAYO.kung mga titsers nga pag absent walang sweldo o bayad.WHO ARE YOU TO BE SPECIAL?nakakakilabot kayo kaya dapat lang di kayo mananalo ngayon eleksyon.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If you must know Gringo Honasan – assuming you still are not aware of what it is albeit serving in congress longer than General Yamashita during the Japanese occupation of the country, the money being paid to you all clearly distinguish what it’s purpose is. You are paid to attend congress when in session and should be present like you all do when junketing around the world at people’s expense disguised as official missions? Mahiya naman kayo.

  • http://enria.org/ scconcern

    To avoid absentism, the best soluton is abolish “PORK BARREL”. Tongress is mandated just to legislate laws. If they want to get money for their constituent, the can pass bill thru projects that will generate income. All money stays with local and national executives.
    The Nowork – NoPay they proposed are nothing compared to their “PORK”.
    Governance in Pinas is pluotcracy w/ psuedo democracy. People can vote but without say, worst no power.

  • ethicsingov

    no work, no pay, no exemptions; sorry na lang ang absinero at tamad

  • MonMayuga

    Ano ang problema nila roon? At Senator Honasan, paano mo i-define ang work? Yun bang mag coup d`tat ay trabaho?

  • hustlergalore

    ipagpaliwanag natin kay jules ledesma na congressman ng unang distrito na asawa ni assunta de rossi na numero unong absent ng absent. LOL

  • ztefertilizerscam10

    UNANG MAGNANAKAW…..

  • batangsulpok

    BOBOTANTE na talaga ang mga Pilipino pag ibinoto pa si Honasan dahil di niya maintindihan ang meaning ng work, palibhasa kasi noong nasa serbisyo ay naging aide-de-camp ni Enrile kaya walang alam na trabaho.

  • victorts

    How about no PDAF instead? I would not be surprised if the number of candidates for the senate would be reduced to half or even less.

  • noyab

    ang kapal na mukha ng pamilya dilim at mukhang domestic worker….lahat sila gusto may pwesto sa gobyerno

  • noyab

    mag artista na lang kayong magkakapatid na BINAY tutal uso naman ngayon ang mga nakakatakot na pelikula……bagay kayong magkakapatid sa “‘GABI NG LAGIM”

    • akongednamzug

      Alam mo kung ako ang masusunod, mas gusto kong maraming tao ang may kamukhang kutis ng mga Binay. Sa Tondo kasi tuwing ikatlong linggo ng Enero ay pinagdiriwang ang pista ng Sto. Nino. Alam naman nating lahat na ang Ati-atihan ay kaakibat sa selebrasyon na ito. Ang laking katipirin sa aking kapatid na tagapangasiwa sa Ati-atihan, kung maraming Pilipino ang may kutis na kamukha ng mga Binay. Mantakin mo costume na lang ang gastos menos na sa make-up.

      • napali808

        Very funny..my friend.

      • Batang Altura

        di naman ako komporme dito di dapat na batikusin ang isang tao dahil isa siyang kayumanggi, di tayo dapat utak western na maputi lang ang dapat, yun lang..

  • norman1211

    there are two endemic crocodile in the Phil. Senate and Congress…the first specie is endemic in the Senate called CROCODILLUS PHILIPPENSIS SENATUS CROCCORUPTUS TRAPOS and the other one is endemic in the Congress called CROCODILLUS PHILIPPENSIS CONGRESSUS CROCCORUPTUS TRAPOS

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Sen. Honasan hindi na kelangan pa questionen ang no work,no pay policy dapat lang na hindi babayaran ang sinumang tao kahit tongressman pa o senador…self explanatory na yan…bakit mo naman pa sasahuran ang isang tao na hindi namn nagtatrabaho… takot ka dahil kabilang ka rin sa maaapektuhan..tsk tsk tsk….

  • bongarroyo

    kaya nga laging babad dito si sfakefire at mamang puwit e…..kasi nga ang patakaran sa kanila ay no post no pay….LOL

    • 33Sambuang2

      KOREK PRE. NO POST NO PAY PARA PANGINTERNET CAFE NILA.

  • Fancy Tan

    NangungUNA talaga kayo sa kasibaan. “No Work No Pay” palang umaangal na kayo? Lalo na siguro kung “No Work No Pork Barrel” yan. Political Dynasty daw taong bayan magdedecide. Matagal npong ayaw yan ng taong bayan. Kyo lang po me gusto nyan!!! Dapat sa lahat ng kandidato ay SUSUMPA sa TAOng bayan na hindi sila magnanakaw.

  • JOHNCeneza

    We need to change our constitution for the abolition of pork barrel on legislators. Let the executive handles all infrastructure. So members of congress can really concentrate on their real job which is law making. Yung iba absent kasi nagbakasyon, yung iba nangingi-alam sa trabaho ng LGUs.
    Also change the constitution to have the senate elected 2 senators per region not on the national level. also provide for a way to have a recall election to legislator who lost his/her mandate. by localizing senators, Comelec will no longer have to spend a nationwide election if ever a senator is recalled.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    SIR, MAGAABSENT MUNA AKO DAHIL MAY PRACTICE AKO. MERONG LABAN 4MONTHS FROM NOW. HETO SIR MAY REGALO AKONG WRIST WATCH SA ATING TROPA. SIR, 2WEEKS AKONG MAWAWALA DAHIL SASAMAHAN KO SI SWEETY PIE PAPUNTANG PARIS. SABIHIN NA LANG NATING MERON AKONG SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT DOON. just some few scenarios on how to do the act.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    I can’t believe how gullible Flips are that they’ll simply vote for a candidate who will dance to Gangnam style and Harlem shake.

  • speedstream2

    What’s the term? Palusot? Or could it be that some people feel they’re now so high in the power stratosphere and too self-important that rules and norms don’t apply to them?

  • penoy2012

    Dapat walang sweldo ang pangulo. wala naman kasing work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jocken-Dano/100002588330624 Jocken Dano

    UNA muna ang bulsa ng UNA syempre, kung bulsa ng iba ok lang na pag-usapan natin yan. what is mine is mine what is yours is MINE pa riin. joke lang . . .

  • redsnow

    Bossing Honasan nang dinakip kayu sa isang subdivison sa Manila nabali yung buto mo dahil umiwas ka at sumablay sa ibang bakuran .. Sinu pinuntahan mo dun sa bahay sa isang subdivision hehehheeheheh kulatse tse anak ng kagang ohh tulad ka ni Erap at Enrile mga gurang pero may mga kulatse tse .. Kami ngang mga empleyedo ay no work no pay kayu pa kaya mga TAMAD NA MGA SENADOR AT MGA KONGRESMAN Tamad ka!!! Gringo

  • redsnow

    Honasan nanalo ka lang noun sa senatorial election dahil solid ang boto nyu sa mga AFP at PNP dahil military kayu kaya nga nanalo ka noun pero nasa hulihan palagi. Yun lang naman ang baraha mo ehhh mga AFP PNP boto dahil boboto sila sa kabaru nila. Pero sa mga civilian taong bayan wala kang mapala sa karamihan . TAMAD ka !!! walang magandang batas nagawa mo … polus butas kaya lagi kang nalilate sa senado dahil yun nga tamad

  • Exo

    Maceda is right. The pay that they get for their salary is small compared to their pork barrel. Therefore, it is their pork barrel that should be abolished if they are always absent. Ang laki ng kickback nila sa pork barrel na yan.

  • D3marketers

    Gusto lang ni Senator Honasan na linawin kung ano definition talaga ng “work”, baka daw pwede i-consider na he is working as a senator while he is busy plotting another coup d etat. Eh noon nga nagtatago sya during GMA’s time lumalabas na tuloy tuloy pa rin sweldo nya as a senator

  • fernan107

    ongasan , walang mali doon , mabuti nga para mabawasan ang sinusweldo niyo na wala naman kayong ginagawa sa bayan at magamit ang mabawas sa sweldo sa ibang project ng gobyerno….ongasan ka talaga ka indo…

  • nakawan

    UNA sa bayan, hindi bayan muna

  • Batang Altura

    tama si Maceda hindi iindahin kung bawasan man ang sweldo pag absent ang isang mangbabatas, ang dapat ipaskel o isapubliko ang top absentee sa isang buwan baka sakali talaban ng hiya ang mga kapalmuks naito. kamusta kaya attendance nitong si Honasan bakit kaya nanalo pa ito puro katarantaduhan din ito, wala ding galang sa batas , tagal na nagtago nito, para ding si Lacson di ata maganda training sa PMA..

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