No more Charter change baby. This is no longer Speaker Nograles’s priority with 9 more days or less sessions left in the 14th Congress.
“The problem is mukhang dinedema ng Senado. I don’t want to waste time debating on something which the Senate don’t want to act upon. Sayang ang oras,” lamented Nograles as interviewed by reporters Monday.
Instead he identified the following bills as priority: More Benefits for Senior Citizens; Simplified Net Income Taxation Schemes (SNITS); Creation of Mindanao Economic Development Authority (MEDA); Amendments to the Witness Protection Program; Creation of the National Disaster Management System; Granting good conduct time allowance to prisoners who participate in literacy/skills and values development programs in penal institutions; Cyber Crime Bill; Anti-Smuggling Law; and Amendments to the Tariff Law.
Also 200 advocates of the Freedom of Information Act mobilized a rally at the South Gate of the House of Representatives last Monday to remind Nograles of his promise to act on the bill. The group believes that the Freedom of Information Act once put into law could help foster honest and clean governance particularly on the use of resources since people will now have “the right to know and access documents” in the possession of government agencies which is prohibited under the present system.
Well this bill if put into law will be one strong deterrent to would be plunderers of government resources. But in my honest opinion this will not happen under this present government. Let us hope it will in the next administration.
And going back to Charter Change, (finally) Gloria’s Boy Nograles has finally come to his senses that this is no time to cha-cha. Congressmen and politician allies are more concerned about campaigning and to insure themselves to be back on their seats in the next Congress.
But Charter change is not done yet, with Speaker Nograles exiting and Gloria’s taking over his place, cha-cha will be back again. But with another president holding the key to the solons pork barrel, the dancing hall probably will only have Gloria and a handful of supporters dancing then.