If during these days you happen to pass by the Constitution Hill in QC do not forget to take a peek in the Batasang Pambansa Complex where from the gallery you will be a spectator to these two long blocks of seats, some vacated while some occupied, and a number of people in the plenary hall straggling everywhere or sitting and having a cup of coffee, reading news, looking around or just simply staring blankly at afar. Others are conversing in the seats, at the door, or outside. You can count the heads paying attention to the presiding officer. Marvel not, for this is still the House of Representatives, even though the awful sight brings you memories of your fifth grader days.
Aye, this is the Lower House. A body of learned men who thought they are so over the law that they are comfortable to crook one. They are the conglomerate of our taxes, and for every session the Filipinos are paying millions worth of accomodation expenses for these men and women of action (and inaction) and decision (and indecision), only to skip out after forty minutes and disappear behind the doors just like rabbits.
Their few minutes of attendance, or to be more definitive, appearance, is being paid with billions annually. Each can make out more than half a dozen commercial actors’ pay. One of their functions is to deliberate on things especially legislation, but as it appears their quorum is a composition of absent-minded politicos whose erudition about law and governance is made dubious by underlying ethical circumstances, and here they come and go as they please just like primary school pupils.
I think the proponents who seek to lock the doors of Congress during session hours are one of a few who knows how to do things right (for the momentary consolation of the ‘few’ I will refrain from thinking that this will not vindicate the fact that some of them are still crooks, he he he). The house rules need to add complimentary guidelines in order to enforce proper decorum to our ‘lawmakers’. If need be put at least a hundred SWAT men surrounding the plenary hall, and beat the hard-headed who attempts to put the session out of order.
Ah, I almost forgot, they are the representatives of the FILIPINO people anyway.