Thursday, December 14, 2006

There were some crooked men

Photo nicked from Willy Priles, Jr.

With all the furor over the Constitution over the last two weeks, one could almost hope that we're already on our way to political maturity. When people come out to debate and defend the fundamental law of the land, it should mean something, shouldn't it?

Well, maybe.

Let's face it: the House majority precipitated much of the recent brouhaha. "We're representing the voice of our constituents," they repeat like a broken record. Regardless, it sure looks like a bare-faced attempt to extend their terms.

Earnest as the discussions on charter change may be, we'll still end up with these fractious and self-serving antics because of the nature of the Lower House. Because when you get down to it, many congressmen still treat their districts like their personal fiefdoms.

Politics is at its dirtiest at the local level, none moreso than in the rural areas. It's in the rural areas where the word of the barangay captain still holds the most sway. Information comes down in trickles, but loud, by way of radio block timers. Don't expect them to be listening to ANC; it's all machinations of "Imperial Manila," they'll say.

So when congressmen talk about "representing their constituency," I'm not quite sure what it is they mean. At the very least, it means they got elected three years ago (and at the present state of the COMELEC, the validity is dubious). Do congressmen really listen to their constituents in between elections? I haven't really seen any mechanisms in place for making that happen.

More likely: they're just toeing the party line.

Now, I wish there were a way I could give a negative vote to jokers like JDV, Pichay, and Villafuerte. Never mind that they're from another province.

But hey, that's democracy for you.

Unless...can we put that line as a constitutional amendment?



  1. My take... the tongressman wants to extend their term. Or better yet, remove term limits.

    Arroyo migth simply want to deflect attention from the 'Hello Garci'-gate and finish her term. Of course, I may be mistaken and she's a closet masochist and wants another term...

    Let's see... if the constitution is changed and we get a Parliament with term limits then we'll get another call to change the constitution to adopt a 'better' system and when THAT does happen we'll probably get a revolving constittutional monarchy a'la Malaysia and if that doesn't work, then...

  2. Hi, Benz: Arroyo is driven by the ghost of her father. I think she just wants to finish the term cleanly and fulfill what to her mind is her manifest destiny. Of course, there's that clause in the constitution that says that presidents cannot be prosecuted for actions taken while in office.

    Arroyo has been strangely low-key these past few weeks. Every time I see her on TV, I see her getting fatter. Steroids, perhaps?

    JdV, on the other hand, wants his turn at the helm. But he knows he can't get elected via the presidential system. Far too annoying a character.