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Jun 22

Our representatives need to read and study

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.

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  1. Glicerio M. Balo III

    i agree. keep it up sir.

  2. har

    “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.” Personally, I think this is one of the reasons why we don’t seem to care about what’s happening anymore – what’s important is that there is food for the next meal, we can afford
    fuel for the car or still can pay up the fare to work. It is disgusting that a moron can just pay a moron to do something utterly stupid to muddle up what is already fucked up. I am an ordinary citizen from the province and it is sickening that while I am doing my best to feed my kids and prepare them for what lies ahead, what lies ahead isn’t even inviting at all.

  3. mlq3

    Glicerio: Thanks, but no need to call me “Sir.”

    har: good point.

  4. Ed

    Here we are again. Why does our congorestmen more concerned on parliamentary immunity? It is interesting to know why. Is it because they know that the tape is real?
    As said earlier no one can be sued for posessing hello garci ringtones and the supposed tobe wiretapped cds. for there is no complainant.

    Lacson seems telling something more than what he talking about. Something is up. the opposition just became united. really something is up

  5. mlq3

    Ed: From what I understand, a criminal offense could result in a congressman being unable to run for congressman again. So, the DOJ could threaten congressmen with criminal cases based on the anti-wiretapping act, which is why some of them are nervous.

  6. Ed

    Yeah the DOJ can file the case ( anti wiretapping) but first they need to have a complainant. and if our congresmen have balls they could try to refute the charge and be a hero for the day. but i doubt if they will ever do that.

    You can easily dismiss the case aruguing that something common sense and I think the court will acquit you by also using their common sense.

    Mag fishballs na lang tayo

  7. Crisostomo

    I am just watching from the sidelines (the USA) and am quite amused by all these “Gloriagate” things off the press.The main concern should be the wire tapping of the president’s “priveleged” phone lines and not the call itself since the outcome of the elections has been projected by media and other groups!!!If Mr. Lacson or Asiong Salonga could listen to the president’s phone calls, what more of my phone call to my “querida”(if I have one) which would be very damaging(anybody can just sell it to the highest bidder!!!)!!.

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