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There have been several Senators who continue to do other types of work except sticking to legislative duties as a member of the Congress. This has been a trend since Pacquiao started running for the Senate only to later focus most of his time in many of his boxing bouts and entertaining much of the masses and of course a propaganda boon for his political allies.
Many of these worst performing Senators were in fact known to pass dubious policies and bills to cover up their unproductivity that when asked very particular questions they would have to rely on their army of assistance and consultants since they couldn’t answer the questions themselves given that they’ve never really devoted much time and effort to the job in the first place.
Bong Revilla to join GMA while serving as Senator
First, there’s this despicable ”Budots” senator ”Bong Revilla” who won only by entertaining the masses with his budots dance which cultivated a ”pang-masa” image that pushed closer to the proletariat, especially in the Visayas region where listening and dancing to budot remixes has become a pop identity for every Bisaya. The same strategy that Duterte did to swoon many of the people in the working class by dancing budots, sleeping inside the kulambo and of course eating inside a carenderia. It worked, and he acquired more than 14 million votes?
All despite the knowledge that Revilla was accused funneling his pork barrel through bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to Janet Lim Napoles, allegedly earning P224.5 million in kickbacks. Just imagine the glaring foolishness of the voters of voting him back in? Though the Sandiganbayan has acquitted him of the said plunder charges, but he was ordered to return around 124 million pesos back to the government coffers which as of this time of writing fell on deaf ears.
Then we hear this latest news that not was he elected to serve as Senator but also to star a new show in GMA-7 which was said to replace ”Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko”. So basically, his legislative duties as a Senator appears to be simply a side-line job? Don’t you find this pretty insulting? A politician with history of stealing public funds, won as Senator yet afterwards simply focuses on his career as a celebrity whilst being paid by the people’s taxes?
Bong Go the forever Presidential Alalay
Then there’s Presidential alalay who has always maintained his presence in many of Duterte’s foreign trips abroad and even attending the official activities of the Chief Executive in the country. Which I find pretty unusual for a member of the Legislative branch. As I have been aware that in order for our democratic institutions to work then there must be some semblance of balance between different branches of the government. Now, seeing a senator working as ”Yaya” for the President don’t bode as well. It is pretty symbolic, the current Philippine Congress does not serve the best interest of the Filipino people but of the whims and caprices of the President.
If Bong Go really wants to appear impartial in his duties as a legislator rather than a Presidential lucky then he should refrain from attending many of Duterte’s trips and activities. After all, he no longer works as a Presidential assistant, but a representative of the people. It makes no sense at all that he continues to do all these things as if he’s still beholden to the power of his benefactor Duterte.
The moment he was elected as Senator. He no longer serves under Duterte. He now serves the wants and needs of the Filipino people. Basically, he’s now serving the people and not the President. Which is why such position merits immunities and security against suit and a hefty budget to hire staff and security personnel.
We have what we call, the separation of powers to guarantee the checks and balances of government
The separation of powers is a model for the governance of a state. Under this model, a state government is divided into branches, each with separate and independent powers and areas of responsibility so that the powers of one branch are not in conflict with the powers associated with the other branches. The typical division is into three branches: a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary, which is the trias politica model.
However, it appears that much of the Congress under Cayetano, Sotto of the Senate as well as the Supreme Court has now been under the control and influence of the Executive branch. Gone were the days of fierce debates between the opposite sides of the political spectrum in order to review a particular piece of legislation or executive policy.
I just hope that other Senators won’t follow Bong Go and Bong Revilla’s timid view of their legislative positions. And I hope everyone should increase their tenacity against outside influences even if it comes from the President himself since they should always put the best interest of the Filipino people first before anything else. After all, its the people who voted for them and will be paying for their big salaries.