Villanueva seeks review of lawmakers’ pay, benefits, funds for offices

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Bro. Eddie Villanueva. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Bangon Pilipinas party’s lone senatorial candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva asserted on Sunday that lawmakers’ salary computations should not be different from those covering ordinary government personnel, calling a congressional post as “just another job, not a position of entitlement.”

The evangelist said “senators and congressmen should be mindful that they are working for the people and the people are the ones paying for their salaries.”

“Public service should be their most important consideration. That is why, they do not deserve special treatment, salary-wise. Legislators should bear in mind that a congressional position is just another job,” he also said.

In a statement, the Jesus is Lord church leader emphasized “lawmakers should receive the same treatment in compensation and benefits as other state employees.”

“Tighter rules should also be adopted for the allocation and disbursement of their office budgets,” he also stressed.

He said that “aside from instituting a no-work, no-pay policy and the adoption of a bundy clock or biometricts system to improve attendance in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, both houses of Congress should likewise revert to the old appropriation policy which reduces opportunities for corruption.”

According to Villanueva, legislators should “adhere to common workplace rules on attendance and punctuality.”

“It’s common knowledge that senators and congressmen work only a fraction of a regular government’s employee’s work days a year.”

“By my count, there are only about 50 session days in a congressional session versus the more than 300 working days for state employees,” he pointed out.

Villanueva recalled “in earlier Congresses, no lump sum appropriations were given to congressional offices, and everything was liquidated to account for how the people’s money was spent.”

He called for “upping the ante on suggestions to improve Congress’ accountability and probity.”

“All senators and congressmen should reject any offers of gifts, both in cash and in kind, if elected to office,” he said as he also challenged fellow senatorial bets to “publicly declare the same commitment.”

He added, “rewards, financial or otherwise, should not be the main driver behind candidates’ decision to run for public office. Senators and congressmen should always be reminded of their role as servants of the people who are expected to perform their duties well.”

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  • boboposter

    Another politician stating the obvious. Move along people… nothing to see here.

    May nagpapapogi lang.

    • rank

      obvious na pala, bakit walang nangyayari?

      • boboposter

        Tingin nyo baket?

      • rank

        kasi sila sila lang din nasa kongreso. paano mapapasa ang mga ganitong klaseng bill kung majority ng mga nasa congress sanay maging relax at magtrabaho lang ng 50 sessions? paano maipasa yang anti-dynasty law kung karamihan sa congress at senate ay anak/kamag-anak lang din ng mga politicians? we need new faces and people in the government.

  • $8866117

    makes sense

  • Loggnat

    He talks the talk but can he walk the the straight path once elected or it is just all promise, and talk to be elected? Will he be able to go against what he preaches in his church if the decision of the citizens decides in the contrary the way that the government should be run? It is one of the main reason of the Constitution demands the separation of the state and the church(religion).

  • yxoiyiu

    subukan natin si brother eddie villanueva.

    • roansanjuan

      mahirap subukan ang taong laging sinasabi na ang kaniyang ginagawa ay may basbas ng panginoon. (meron syang direct line ke Lord) nuong hinde sya nanalo, di nya matanggap at sabi nya nadaya sya( akala nya komo madami na ang kanyang followers) ay ganun din kadami ang makuha nyang boto. di nya matanggap na nilaglag sya ni Lord. napanood ko nuon sya sa TV interview, nakikita daw nya paghihirap ng mga tao, so offer nya sarili nya “Lord eto ko” mag lead sa mga tao. (only the Lord daw can make him quit, hmmm)

  • $14334231

    good idea, but you never mentioned pork barrel….salary is nothing compared to pork barrel which is not accountable on how the hell it is spent…..will you totally remove it from the existing law?….papogi points lang ang style mo…ang contributions ng members mo, saan mo ginagastos?….. baka naman mas marami ang nabubulsa kesa ginagastos……

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Riz-Manas/1414555877 Riz Manas

    Aber?

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    REVIEW LAWMAKERS’ PAY

    ANA: “Parang ginamit na noon ang gimmick na ‘to ni senator candidate Eddie Villanueva, naalala mo pa ba?”

    LISA: “Korek ka r’yan ‘ga. Noong panahon ni Strongman Ferdinand Marcos eh ipinag-wagwagan pa nito sa tri-media na hindi siya tumatanggap ng suweldo bilang presidente mula sa gobyerno. Bagkos, ipinamumudmod daw niya ito sa kawanggawa porke kakatiting lang naman kumpara sa intel funds and other benefits nito, o, ‘di ba?”

    CION: “Ay, sinabi mo. Ang dapat na gimmick ng mga kandidato para manalo eh isabatas na tanggalin (100 %) ang pork barrel ng lawmakers at intelligence funds ng executives ng local and national governments at ibigay na lamang ito sa AFP/PNP. Kapag nangyari ang ganito, sigurado ako mawawala ang political dynasty, sumpa man!!!”

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * * *
    Mothermary statements. NO to religious nuts!

    • rank

      but yes to corrupt, trapo politicians?

  • Charlemagne G. Lavina

    Kung gusto natin ng pagbabago, let us change the manner of selecting our leaders. We shout, “PAGBABAGO!!” pero ang boto natin ang hindi nagbabago. Paano magkakaroon ng pagbabago? Sa aking maliit na magagawa, iboboto ko si Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva – Charlemagne G. Lavina

  • vince_bugaboo

    Ow, kaming mga posters dito kaya rin naming i-assert ang assertion mo Villanueva, maski hindi kami kumakandidato. Hingal na hingal na nga kami ng kaka-assert ng kung anu-ano, pero nababawasan ba ang kaululan sa gobyerno? ngik, ngik mo!

  • jpastor

    fyi bro villanueva ang mga politukus ay hindi iniintindi ang buwanan suweldo kundi taonang kurakot. Bisnis yan e. Gagastos ng multi-milyun sa election at kapag naupo kailangan mabawi ang puhunan na may tubu pa. Hindi ba?

  • kilabot

    okay, but before that,
    review salaries and perks of church pastors,
    and the prosperity gap between church leaders and members.

  • Rolly257

    Malakas ang loob ni brother Ed, kasi meron siyang tithe.
    Kung ang karamihan sa abuloy ng simbahan, napupunta sa Vatican, sa sekta ni Villanueva, ilang bulsa lang ang nakikinabang…lumabas man ng Pilipinas, hindi sa Vatican…baka sa Virgin Islands.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Maganda ang pakay mo brother Eddie pero hindi mo pa rin yata masakyan ang panlasa ng botanteng Pilipino. They want a servant who they can remember well when they are inside the voting booth. And they will only remember who is popular and with a good packaging. You need to be popular outside JIL. Reinvent yourself so people can remember you. I will include you in my list just because I want to give you a chance to serve outside JIL (kung papalarin ka)

  • Moymoy

    Seems legit. Among other senatoriables, he’s the only one who raised this. I think I’ll give him a spot out of my 12.

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