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Time for Congress to do its share

  • Written by Paul M.Gutierrez
  • Published in Opinion
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THE Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media concluded yesterday its public consultations on the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI), which Sen.  Grace  Poe “dedicated” to the passing, also yesterday, of  Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Unknown to many, Santiago was instrumental for the passage of the FOI during the 15th Congress where she helped and guided the  then neophyte Poe who then successfully  defended it during floor deliberations.
   
Poe is optimistic that the FOI will pass the Senate before the year ends but she is also wary on how the Lower House will treat it.
   
Mainly, her apprehension arises from the fact that many provisions of Executive Order   (EO) No. 2, Pres. Rody’s own FOI, is also up for scrutiny and its “interpretation” subject to the caprice, err, understanding of congressmen.
   
In 2010, one of the promises of then presidential wannabe Benigno Aquino III was the  “immediate” passage of the FOI  bill.
   
But the FOI was “dribbled” and trashed by the House of Representatives,  apparently upon the orders of  Malacañang (read: PNoy).
   
Lets’ hope that this won’t happen in a Congress now dominated by allies of PDU30 -- mahiya naman kayo sa ating mahal na Pang. Digong, hehe.
   
In other words, the fate of the FOI, as before, lies with Congress given the assurance by senators led by Sen. Grace, of its passage at their end.
   
As before too, Congress must do its share in making sure the passage of this vital piece of legislation.
   
Our condolences to the family of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago whose death was a sad news to most people, especially those who supported her second try at the presidency last May.
   
Then a Quezon City Regional Trial Court, Madam Miriam was cited for defying then President  Ferdinand Marcos  by releasing activists Lino Brocka  Behn Cervantes, and several  student- activists detained for illegal assembly   during a transport strike  in Cubao, Quezon City, during the  80’s.
   
Santiago caught the attention of then President  Corazon Aquino, who appointed her as commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration  (BI).   In 1992, Santiago ran but lost in the Presidential elections to Fidel Ramos where she claimed  she lost because she was “cheated.”
   
Santiago then was elected as Senator in 1995, served as judge of International Court of Justice and in 2010 return as Senator.
   
In 2014, she was diagnosed with cancer and  again run but lost for President in 2016.
   
Guess Who: Sino naman itong politiko na hindi pa natatapos ang bilangan noong Mayo  ay nagmano na agad kay Pangulong Digong Duterte?
   
May kalumaan mga suki ang ating senaryo dahil ’ika nga ay noong nakaraang halalan pa, pero wait lang, dear readers,  dahil ilang buwan na lamang ay tapos na ang isang taon na election ban at syempre umaasa ang ating bida na mabigyan siya ng posisyon. Ayun naman pala!
   
In fairness naman, masipag at maayos naman ang ating bida,, pero katulad nga ng favorite niyang hayop, kapag busog na ay nakahilata na ito  at hindi na inisip ang future  kaya ayun tuloy nawindang siya sa kanyang pagtakbo.
   
Minsan na din itong tinawag ni Senator Santiago (opps tabi-Taboy po madam senator)  na ganid  sa pwesto sa isang pulong balitaan.
   
Sa gitna ng press conference, nagtanong si Sen. Santiago na ano ang tawag sa ganoon kabagu-bago lang ay matakaw na sa pwesto. 
   
Aba akalain mo isa sa mga reporter ang sumigaw ng Ma’am Buwaya po. Who said that, I like that?  Tugon ni Sen. Santiago.
   
Pahabol na pagbati pala kay Director Noriel “Nory” Mercado  ng Senate PrIB. Mabuhay ka, Norie!