Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A LEGISLATURE–FREE PHILIPPINES

A famous lawyer, known for his professional expertise, his personal integrity and honesty, recently came up with the idea of abolishing the Philippine Legislature, both the Senate and the Congress – even but for some six years or so.  And alone in this thinking and option, he is certainly not whereas there are more and more people who subscribe to this proposition the moment they hear and understand it.  And the option could get a national nod – given the following facts and possibilities.

The fact that the present Legislature has become not simply a suspect but a practically proven agent of big graft and corrupt practices on the part of a good number of its constituents.

The fact that both the present Senate and Congress have destroyed the tenure of the presumption of honor and respect, thereby making it untrustworthy and wherefore a suspect institution.

The fact that since their members were sworn into office no less than some four years ago, the Legislature has passed but one bill – which is neither outstanding much less earthshaking – costing the people some 35 billion.

The possibility that after some six years, the people might again move or act for the re-establishment of the Senate and Congress with the hope of then being more trustworthy and honorable institutions.

The possibility that on the occasion of its said re-establishment, the electorate could have chosen really honest and hardworking Legislators who will serve the people and the Country instead of themselves.

The possibility that this time, after their six years in office, the Filipinos could be truly proud of and sincerely grateful to their Legislature for its dedication in enacting good laws for the common good.

Needless to say, there are also more and more emerging worries plus downright objections to the suggestion, not to mention personal nervous reactions to the above-said facts and possibilities.  Needless to say too, the loudest objections come from the incumbent legislators, especially those who do not have either the objective qualifications nor the personal intentions to be of public service whereas they are basically but interested in the generous revenues they get, the perks they receive – not to mention the usual dynastic considerations in the tenure of public  offices.

But then, there comes to fore a rather serious obstacle in conjunction with the option of the said well-known and appreciated lawyer:  The Philippine Constitution.  How to handle the obstacle, he knows for sure.