Thank God for bloggers like punzi who has published a timely and much-needed crash course in parliamentary procedure. I reiterate my suggestion that membership in either chamber of Congress be made dependent on passing a test on Robert’s Rules of Order.
I won’t waste as much space as I did yesterday on the goings-on in the House. The “resource persons” or “witnesses” are kept waiting and they’re piling up. The House members continue to furiously (and vacuously) debate the rules. What is of interest is that Rep. Locsin believes the House members are covered by parliamentary immunity as far as listening to the tape(s) is/are concerned; and that legal luminaries such as Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. and Dean Pangalanan of UP will be asked to give their opinions as what Congress can or cannot do. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General can take custody of whatever versions of the tape(s) are submitted by members of the House. Rep. Clavel Martinez of Cebu had something of a hissy fit -does this mean the famed Solid South is showing signs of cracking? Personally, I nominate Sassy Lawyer and JJ Disini (who, if you click on the link, is having a spirited debate with Sassy) as resource persons for the House to listen to.
An interesting side-note is that Senator Lacson’s press conference scheduled for this morning, has been moved to tomorrow morning. Also, Bro. Eddie Villanueva has finally spoken up -demanding that the President break her silence. Tina Panganiban-Perez blogs on Bunye. Other tidbits are that Gen. Abu, the AFP Chief of Staff due to retire on June 24, has had his turnover ceremony to an as-yet-unidentified succesor postponed. Meanwhile, the AFP goes on red alert in preparation for this weekend’s demonstrations against the President.
And in the “onli in da pelefens” department: Some moron came out with an accusation against Bishop Oscar Cruz, only for the Bishop to have been in the room the whole time, and, considering the “secret” relationship the moron and the Bishop supposedly had, oddly enough, the moron didn’t recognize the Bishop, who then proceeded to ask him some questions which the man evaded. Whoever set up the moron to accuse the bishop of being involved in jueteng, drugs, and destabilization was obviously a moron, too.