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Your Taxes At Work: Quo Vadis Philippine Senate?

Posted by Marvin on January 23, 2007

Quo vadis is a Latin phrase meaning “Whither goest thou?” or “Where are you going?” It is used as a proverbial phrase from the Bible. (Source: Wikipedia.org) In other words, it is a question which basically asks someone to take stock of their life and to assess the next steps. The closest colloquial expression in Tagalog is: “Ano na?” If you prefer Singapore English, this will come out as: “So how?”

This question needs to be asked of the Philippine Senate, once the hallowed legislative institution of the Republic. The 13th Congress (from mid-2004 up to the present) has been severely criticized by people (namely me) for being a “do-nothing” Congress of which the Philippine Senate gets the blue ribbon award for the “Most Prolific Investigating Agency” – beating the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police for the prize. Unfortunately, it also gets the “Legislative Kalabasa Award” for doing little in the area where the senators should be concentrating at – passing laws. Seems like the Senate is more proficient in passing gas instead of laws…It is common knowledge that Senators would rather grandstand in front of the media’s cameras during  hearings & investigations “conducted in aid of legislation”. People who have been to such sessions call these sessions by various names e.g. witch hunt, fishing expeditions and P.O.s (“photo opportunities”).

People might call me cynical but I have one advantage over the common man when it comes to these things – I’ve been there. I’ve sat in a conference room and faced legislators on the opposite side. I’ve answered “stupid” questions from the so-called solons. In short, I’ve been humbled. You will know what a humbling experience means when you have to answer pointless questions and be castigated by people whose IQ score is lower than your age. Suffice to say, I felt the average IQ score plummet the moment me and my colleagues left the conference room.

However, most Filipinos have no idea on how productive the Philippine Senate is. The masses tend to equate TV air time as “work time” for the Senators. Juan dela Cruz tends to believe that newspaper coverage of a particular Senator is congruent to his time sheet or to his legislative productivity.

With the advent of modern technology, we are now able to gleam how productive the Philippine Senate really is and how your hard-earned Philippine pesos are being utilized by the legislators of the land. In the Philippine Senate website, there is a link which leads the visitor to a page highlighting statistical data for the Philippine Senate. I’ve copied the page to this post (slightly edited to remove too much detail). I’ve included my comments on some of the items below:

Statistical Data on Bills/Resolutions
13th Congress
(July 24, 2004 – December 21, 2006)

I. SENATE BILLS FILED: 2,563

First Regular Session: 2,047
First Special Session: 1
Second Special Session: 3
Second Regular Session: 353
Third Regular Session: 159

COMMENT: Why the drastic reduction in the number of bills filed during the Second Regular Session and the Third Regular Session? Answer: The Senate was busy with their photo ops i.e. hearings and investigations “in aid of legislation”.

II. SENATE BILLS ACTED UPON/PASSED BY THE SENATE: 232

1. PASSED BY THE SENATE: 67

1.1 Laws Enacted: 13

RA 9333 (SBN-1757) ARMM Election
RA 9334 (SBN-1854) Alcohol/Tobacco Excise Tax
RA 9335 (SBN-1871) Attrition Act of 2005
RA 9337 (SBN-1950) VAT, amendments
RA 9338 (SBN-1952) Filipino Citizenship: Mahmoud A.M. Asfour
RA 9340 (SBN-2000) Resetting Barangay Election
RA 9341 (SBN-1956) Rental Reform Act of 2004
RA 9343 (SBN-2204) SPAV Amendatory Act
RA 9344 (SBN-1402) Juvenile Justice System
RA 9346 (SBN-2254) Death Penalty
RA 9347 (SBN-2035) NLRC
RA 9357 (SBN-2213) Sultan Kudarat, Leg. District
RA 9363 (SBN-1978) Fil. Citizenship: Mr. Charles William Mosser

COMMENT: What the f***? Only 13?????? Thirteen bills turned into law over the period July 2004 to December 2006? Only 13 out of 2,563 bills filed? That is a measly 0.513% legislative passing rate? Ano ba ang pinaggagawa ng mga buwisit na ito sa Senado? Nagpapalaki ng mga tumbong? Granted that the Filipino people deserves quality laws and should not necessarily aim for quantity, where are the important pieces of legislation in the list? Where is the General Appropriations Act a.k.a. the “Budget”? Where is the law reforming the current multi-party system? Nasaan? Instead we have two laws which has no benefit whatsoever to the people – two laws naturalizing two foreigners. Dito ba napupunta ang witholding tax sa pay slip ko?

1.2 Consolidated in the Cttee. Rpt., which became Republic Acts: 25

1.3 Pending signature of the President of the Philippines: 4

SBN-1286 AFP First Chief Master Ranks
SBN-2226 Biofuels Act
SBN-2231 Automated Election System
SBN-2522 Handline fishing

1.4 Conference Committee Report Approved by the Senate: 2

SBN-1862 AFP Chief of Staff, fixed term
SBN-1967 Veterans

1.5 Pending in the House of Representatives: 5

SBN-1972 Health Workers Day
SBN-2027 Liver Cancer/Hepatitis-B Awareness Month
SBN-2482 Anti-Billboard Blight
SBN-2521 Sheikh Karimul Makhdum
SBN-1949 Lending Companies

1.6 Pending Conference Committee: 4

SBN-1745 Human Rights Compensation Act
SBN-1967 Amending R.A. No. 6948 (Veterans)
SBN-2196 13 Billion Supplemental Budget
SBN-1936 Credit Information System

1.7 Consolidated in the Committee Report, which were acted upon by the Senate, pending in the House/Conference Committee/Pending Signature of the President of the Philippines: 14

a. (Veterans) SBN-648, SBN-1285 [CR-18] (2)
b. (AFP First Chief Master Ranks) SBN-67, SBN-1284 [CR-7] (2)
c. (Credit Information System) SBN-1843 (1)
d. (Lending Companies) SBN-1103, SBN-1180, SBN-1762 [CR-15] (3)
e. (Automated election system) SBN-1069, SBN-1371, SBN-1851 [CR-58] (3)
f. (Handline fishing) SBN-799, SBN-1743, SBN-1764 [CR-177] (3)

2. APPROVED ON THIRD READING: 4

SBN-2259 One Time Tax Amnesty
SBN-2260 Bases Conversion
SBN-2490 Breastfeeding
SBN-2512 CSC Exams, Cheating

3. APPROVED ON SECOND READING: 3

SBN-2501 POEA Regulatory Function
SBN-2518 No Bidding Sale
SBN-2497 Househelpers

4. CONSOLIDATED IN COMMITTEE REPORT, APPROVED/PENDING 3RD READING: 17

5. PENDING SECOND READING: 141

5.1 Special Order: 35

SBN-1833 U.P. Charter of 2004
SBN-1837 Agricultural Enhancement Fund
SBN-1943 New Central Bank Act, Amendments
SBN-2012 Hepatitis-B Immunization
SBN-2137 Anti-Terrorism Act
SBN-2138 Dept. of Tourism, Reorganization
SBN-2171 Public Attorney’s Office
SBN-2232 EPIRA Law, Amendments
SBN-2261 Flat Rate Taxable Income
SBN-2263 Early Development of Patented Medicines
SBN-2411 Fiscal/Non-fiscal Incentives
SBN-2458 Local Housing Board
SBN-2459 Magna Carta for Homeowners Associations
SBN-2466 Worker’s Constitutional Rights to Self-Organization
SBN-2467 Labor Arbiters
SBN-2479 Tax amnesty
SBN-2523 Banahaw Protected Landscape
SBN-2524 Hilong-Hilong Range
SBN-2525 Sinarapan Sanctuary
SBN-2526 Bessang Pass Natural Monument
SBN-2527 Malampaya Sound Protected Area
SBN-2528 El-Nido-Taytay Protected Area
SBN-2529 Agusan Marsh Protected Area
SBN-2530 Lidlidda-Banayoyo Landscape
SBN-2531 Northern Negros Natural Park
SBN-2532 Central Cebu Protected Landscape
SBN-2533 Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
SBN-2534 Turtle Islands Protected Area
SBN-2535 Agoo-Damortis Seascape and Landscape
SBN-2536 Apo Reef Protected Area
SBN-2537 Aliwagwag Falls Protected Landscape
SBN-2538 Tacdogan Reef National Marine Park
SBN-2539 Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Protected Area
SBN-2540 Siargao Group of Islands Protected Area
SBN-2541 Anti-Rabies Act of 2006

COMMENT: Why are these bills still pending? Some of these bills have national importance. Take the case of the U.P. Charter – the primary institution of higher learning in the country and the best university in the Philippines based on the latest global survey (we are still way behind our neighbors though like the National University of Singapore or Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok). A lot of the bills refer to creation of national parks or protected areas which will preserve these regions for our children and our children’s children. Mas mahalaga pa ba ang pag-naturalize kina Mosser at Asfour kaysa sa mga ito?

5.2 Ordinary Business: 8

SBN-2119 National Holidays Celebration
SBN-2169 Pre-Need Code of 2005
SBN-2183 Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Act
SBN-2233 Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA)
SBN-2438 Integrated Jail Facility
SBN-2464 Lemon Law Act
SBN-2518 No Bidding Sale
SBN-2562 Renewable Energy Resources

5.3 Consolidated in the Committee Report, Pending 2nd Reading: 98

III. SENATE BILLS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEES FOR PUBLIC HEARINGS/COMMITTEE REPORT: 2,331

IV. SENATE RESOLUTIONS FILED: 604

First Regular Session: 277
First Special Session: 1
Second Regular Session: 218
Second Special Session: 3
Third Regular Session: 105

V. SENATE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED: 116

Simple Resolution: 97

SRN-18 (Res. No. 1) Election Officer, Senate (13th Congress)
SRN-19 (Res. No. 2) Senate Reorganization
SRN-22 (Res. No. 3) Nestor T. Sulpico
SRN-29 (Res. No. 4) Sen. Arturo M. Tolentino (Condolence)
SRN-52 (Res. No. 5) Mrs. Luz Magsaysay (Condolence)
SRN-53 (Res. No. 6) Mrs. Luz Magsaysay (Condolence)
SRN-39 (Res. No. 7) Outstanding Teacher (Commendation)
SRN-56 (Res. No. 8 ) Caucus Of All Senators
SRN-72 (Res. No. 9) Hostage Crisis In Beslan, Russia
SRN-36 (Res. No. 10) Humanitarian Contigent (Iraq)
SRN-54 (Res. No. 11) Meeting/Hearings During Recess
SRN-146 (Res. No. 12) Fernando Poe Jr. (Condolence)
SRN-150 (Res. No. 13) Quorum (1st Special Session)
SRN-158 (Res. No. 15) Committee on Intelligence Funds
SRN-167 (Res. No. 16) Blas F. Ople
SRN-182 (Res. No. 17) Father James B. Reuter, S.J. (Commendation)
SRN-186 (Res. No. 18) Committee Of The Whole
SRN-219 (Res. No. 19) Quorum (Special Session)
SRN-221 (Res. No. 20) Sen. Justiniano S. Montano (Condolence)
SRN-191 (Res. No. 22) Burma’s Chairmanship of the Asian In 2006
SRN-249 (Res. No. 25) Dr. Raymund S. Punongbayan (Commendation)
SRN-244 (Res. No. 26) IPU (Commendation)
SRN-254 (Res. No. 27) Luis Taruc (Commendation)
SRN-279 (Res. No. 30) Journal (Approval)
SRN-278 (Res. No. 31) Printing Of Journal (200 Copies)
SRN-274 (Res. No. 32) Sen. Aquilino Q. Pimentel (Commendation)
SRN-275 (Res. No. 33) Sen. Francis N. Pangilinan (Commendation)
SRN-276 (Res. No. 34) Sen. Juan M. Flavier (Commendation)
SRN-277 (Res. No. 35) Sen. Franklin M. Drilon (Commendation)
SRN-290 (Res. No. 36) Quorum (2nd Regular Session)
SRN-291 (Res. No. 37) Quorum (2nd Regular Session)
SRN-298 (Res. No. 38) Sen. Raul S. Roco (Condolence)
SRN-316 (Res. No. 39) Ten Outstanding Teachers Of 2005
SRN-304 (Res. No. 40) One Senator, One Machine
SRN-339 (Res. No. 41) Atty. Haydee Yorac
SRN-335 (Res. No. 42) Manny Pacquiao, Brian Viloria, Rey Bautista
SRN-344 (Res. No. 44) Precious Lara Quigaman
SRN-348 (Res. No. 45) Petition For A Habeas Corpus, Norberto Gonzales
SRN-349 (Res. No. 46) Gawad Kalinga
SRN-371 (Res. No. 47) Committee of the Whole
SRN-382 (Res. No. 49) Red Cross
SRN-389 (Res. No. 50) Centennial Filipino Migration To Hawaii
SRN-394 (Res. No. 51) 23rd Southeast Asean Games
SRN-395 (Res. No. 52) 23rd Southeast Asean Games (Phil. Team)
SRN-399 (Res. No. 53) Fr. Jesus Marquiña Marañon
SRN-407 (Res. No. 54) Senator Robert Z. Barbers
SRN-410 (Res. No. 55) Cristina Bugayong
SRN-415 (Res. No. 57) Manny Pacquiao (Commendation)
SRN-423 (Res. No. 58) Jimrex Jaca (Commendation)
SRN-430 (Res. No. 61) Semirara Oil Spill
SRN-431 (Res. No. 62) Captain Aniano Amatong, Jr.
SRN-448 (Res. No. 63) Senator Joker P. Arroyo (EO 464)
SRN-435 (Res. No. 64) Wowowe Tradegy
SRN-451 (Res. No. 65) Guinsaugon Tradegy
SRN-452 (Res. No. 66) Brian Viloria
SRN-461 (Res. No. 67) Proclamation 1017
SRN-464 (Res. No. 69) Proclamation 1017
SRN-467 (Res. No. 70) Bud Dajo Day
SRN-469 (Res. No. 71) Crispin Beltran
SRN-470 (Res. No. 74) Dr. Estefania Aldaba-Lim
SRN-473 (Res. No. 75) Charter Change
SRN-475 (Res. No. 76) Fire Inspector Enrique Francisco
SRN-478 (Res. No. 77) Signature Campaign (Illegal)
SRN-483 (Res. No. 79) Commendation (Mt. Everest Expedition)
SRN-493 (Res. No. 80) 90th Session Journal
SRN-494 (Res. No. 81) Journal/Record of the Senate
SRN-495 (Res. No. 82) Commendation, Senate Minority Leader Pimentel Jr.
SRN-496 (Res. No. 83) Commendation, Senate Majority Leader Pangilinan
SRN-497 (Res. No. 84) Commendation, Senate Pro Tempore Flavier
SRN-498 (Res. No. 85) Commendation, Senate President Drilon
SRN-506 (Res. No. 86) Quorum (Informing the House of Reps., 3rd Reg. Sess.)
SRN-507 (Res. No. 87) Quorum (Informing the Pres.)
SRN-508 (Res. No. 88) Election of Sen. Manny Villar (Senate President)
SRN-509 (Res. No. 89) Commending Senate President Drilon
SRN-502 (Res. No. 90) Crispin Beltran
SRN-536 (Res. No. 91) Unabated Killings of Political Activist
SRN-540 (Res. No. 93) End to 2006 Lebanon War
SRN-171 (Res. No. 94) International Criminal Court
SRN-546 (Res. No. 96) Commending John Gokongwei Jr.
SRN-547 (Res. No. 97) Commending the 10 Outstanding Teachers of 2006
SRN-538 (Res. No. 98) Commending Ryan Mendoza
SRN-553 (Res. No. 100) Commending the Billiard Duo (Reyes/Bustamante)
SRN-559 (Res. No. 101) Commending Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes
SRN-561 (Res. No. 102) Sigaw ng Bayan
SRN-562 (Res. No. 103) Sen. Arroyo, Oral Argument
SRN-567 (Res. No. 104) PNP/SAF
SRN-568 (Res. No. 105) Commending Bowling Champion Engelberto Rivera
SRN-575 (Res. No. 106) Commending PNP/Camarines Sur Rowing Teams
SRN-576 (Res. No. 107) Commending Justin Daniel Junio
SRN-584 (Res. No. 109) Commending Ronnie Alcano
SRN-588 (Res. No. 110) Time Magazine Recognition to Heroes of Asia
SRN-589 (Res. No. 111) Commending Manny Pacquiao
SRN-592 (Res. No. 112) World Robot Olympiad, 2006
SRN-594 (Res. No. 113) Condolence: Maximo Soliven
SRN-599 (Res. No. 114) Voting of Constitutional Amendments
SRN-601 (Res. No. 115) Fil. Athletes, 15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar
SRN-604 (Res. No. 116) 9th FESPIC Games/AsianParagames

COMMENT: Ayonnnnn!!!! Sa resolution pala magaling ang mga Senador! Unfortunately, resolutions are non-binding and are mere scraps of paper. Some of these resolutions are commendable. For example, the commendations on Father Reuter or Commissioner Haydee Yorac. These public servants have served the country well. Unfortunately, the bulk of these resolutions – instead of creating action – are mere propaganda materials. They commend sports heroes (baka masabi kasi na hindi sila maka-masa), extend condolences to people who died and most importantly commend themselves. Note the commendations extended to sitting Senators…Pwe!

Treaty for Ratification: 14

SRN-234 (Res. No. 21) Vienna Convention – Estrada L
SRN-194 (Res. No. 23) European Union-RP Economic Relations
SRN-195 (Res. No. 24) Framework Convention On Tobacco Control
SRN-242 (Res. No. 28) Migratory Fish Stock
SRN-243 (Res. No. 29) Forced Labor Convention
SRN-388 (Res. No. 56) Treaty (Basic Telecommunications Services)
SRN-386 (Res. No. 59) Treaty (Revised Convention No. 97)
SRN-387 (Res. No. 60) Treaty (ILO Convention No. 143)
SRN-440 (Res. No. 68) Treaty (Rotterdam Convention)
SRN-438 (Res. No. 72) Treaty (Beijing Amendments)
SRN-439 (Res. No. 73) Treaty (Montreal Amendments)
SRN-471 (Res. No. 92) Treaty (Cartagena Protocol)
SRN-472 (Res. No. 99) Treaty (Plant Genetic Resources)
SRN-581 (Res. No. 108) UN Convention Against Corruption

COMMENT: The Philippine Constitution allocates the power to engage into treaties solely on the Senate. Judging from its performance, the Senate apparently is less interested in such global commitments and would rather be more inward looking i.e. pang inter-barangay ang mga utak…

Unnumbered Resolution: 5

UNR-1 (Res. No. 14) Smoking Ban In The Senate
UNR-5 (Res. No. 43) Motion for Certiorari In The Supreme Court
UNR-6 (Res. No. 48) 23rd Southeast Asean Games (Basketball)
UNR-7 (Res. No. 78) Commendation (Senator Pia Cayetano)
UNR-9 (Res. No. 95) Condemning arrest of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada

COMMENT: Resolution Condemning the Arrest of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada? Self-righteous, sanctimonious pricks! Daig niyo pa ang Aquila Legis sa pagprotekta sa mga kakosa ninyo ah!

VI. SENATE RESOLUTIONS ACTED UPON: 40

Consolidated with adopted resolutions: 26

Consolidated in Committee Report: 13

Sent to the Archives: 1

VII. SENATE RESOLUTIONS PENDING SECOND READING: 33

Special Order: 1

Ordinary Business: 32

VIII. SENATE RESOLUTIONS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEES FOR PUBLIC HEARING: 421

IX. SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS FILED: 16

First Regular Session: 8
First Special Session: 1
Second Regular Session: 4
Second Special Session: 1
Third Regular Session: 2

X. SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS ACTED UPON/ADOPTED: 14

Adopted: 11

SCR-2 (Ct. Res. No. 2) Notifying Pres. of the Phils. SONA
SCR-4/HCR-9 (Ct. Res. No. 3) Leg. Calendar, 1st Reg. Session
SCR-6 (Ct. Res. No. 4) First Special Session
SCR-7 (Ct. Res. No. 6) Pakistan Pres. Musharraf, invitation
SCR-8 (Ct. Res. No. 7) China Pres. Hu Jintao, invitation
SCR-9/HCR-15 (Ct. Res. No. 8 ) Adjournment, 2nd Special Session
SCR-10 (Ct. Res. No. 11) Adjournment, 1st Regular Session
SCR-11 (Ct. Res. No. 13) Notifying Pres. of the Phils. SONA
SCR-12/HCR-25 (Ct. Res. No. 14) Legislative Calendar
SCR-15 (Ct. Res. No. 18) SONA, 3rd Regular Session
SCR-16 (Ct. Res. No. 19) Legislative Calendar, 3rd Reg. Sess.

Pending in the House of Representatives: 2

Copy of Resolution Read: 1

XI. SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEES: 2

XII. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS FILED: 12

First Regular Session: 5
Second Regular Session: 2
Third Regular Session: 5

XIII. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION ADOPTED: 1

XIV. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION WITHDRAWN: 1

XV. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTIONS APPROVED ON SECOND READING: 1

XVI. SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION PENDING IN THE COMMITTEES: 9

XVII. HOUSE BILLS SENT TO THE SENATE FOR CONCURRENCE: 1,067

First Regular Session: 180
Second Regular Session: 644
Third Regular Session: 243

XVIII. HOUSE BILLS ACTED UPON/PASSED BY THE SENATE: 79

1. Laws Enacted: 31

2. Consolidated in the Cttee. Rpt., which became Republic Act: 2

3. Pending signature of the President of the Philippines: 14

HBN-224 AFP First Chief Master
HBN-692 Cable Link and Holdings Corp.
HBN-1829 Citizenship to Rev. Fr. Ulrich H. Schlect, SVD
HBN-3293 Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio College
HBN-4067 Handline fishing
HBN-4429 Puerto Princesa Broadcasting Corp.
HBN-4430 Muslim Mindanao Network
HBN-4487 Mindanao Jockey and Country Club, Inc.
HBN-4629 Biofuel
HBN-5352 Automated Election System
HBN-5401 Angeles Electric Corp.
HBN-5500 Navotas City
HBN-5512 La Union Electric Co. Inc.
HBN-5513 ITransmission Inc.

4. Conference Committee Report Approved by the Senate: 2

5. Pending Conference Committee: 4

HBN-3315 Human Rights Compensation
HBN-4710 GAA of 2006
HBN-5013 13 Billion Supplemental Budget
HBN-5794 GAA 2007

6. Sent back to the House of Representatives: 7

7. Approved on 2nd Reading, Pending Third Reading: 15

8. Consolidated with SBN, approved on 2nd/ 3rd reading: 4

COMMENT: Eh kaya naman pala nagagalit si Speaker De Venecia! Out of 1,067 bills sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate, only 79 were acted upon by the lazy Senators…

XIX. HOUSE BILLS PENDING SECOND READING: 66

Special Order: 35

Ordinary Business: 9

Consolidated in SBN per Committee Report submitted, Pending 2nd Reading: 21

XX. HOUSE BILLS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC HEARING/COMMITTEE REPORT: 922

XXI. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS FILED: 17

First Regular Session: 6
Second Regular Session: 8
Third Regular Session: 3

XXII. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED: 12

XXIII. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION , RECONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION: 1

XXIV. WITHDRAWN: 1

XXV. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS SENT TO THE ARCHIVES: 1

XXVI. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEES: 3

XXVII. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS FILED: 5

First Regular Session: 2
Second Regular Session: 2
Third Regular Session: 1

XXVIII. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION PENDING THIRD READING: 1

Special Order:

XXIX. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTIONS PENDING IN THE COMMITTEE: 4

And this, my fellow Filipinos, is the report card of the Philippine Senate. Senators like to bitch about the Executive’s performance. Here is my chance to give them a dose of their own medicine. Judging from their own statistics, the Senate doesn’t deserve an “F”. I would give them a “K” as in “kick them out”. Now you know why these geckos are so hell bent against a unicameral parliamentary form of government. Dahil sa maglalaho silang parang bula at matitigil ang pagpapalaki nila ng tumbong habang ginagastos ang buwis ng mga mamamayan…

In my future posts, I will share with the rest of the Web the individual performances of each of the Senators i.e. what type of crap they are filing as legislative bills, which got adopted and which ultimately became law. This will give you an idea as to where your taxes are ending up…

ABOLISH THE SENATE…

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