Monday, April 8, 2013
‘NO WORK, NO VOTE’, A BETTER SOLUTION TO CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM IN CONGRESS -- ANGARA
MANILA, April 8, 2013-Instead of the proposed “no work, no pay”, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Tuesday/Apr. 9 advocated a “no work, no vote’ policy as a better solution to the chronic absenteeism of lawmakers in Congress.
In a media briefing at the administration coalition’s headquarters in Makati City, the three-term congressman from the lone district of Aurora urged voters to junk candidates with a record of repeated absences in legislative sessions “thereby neglecting their sworn duties and responsibilities to the people.”
“Huwag nating iboto ang bulakbol. Huwag nating iboto ang mga kandidatong hindi nagtratrabaho,” said Angara, who is now popularly known as Senador Solusyon for the many bills that he authored while in the House of Representatives.
Calls for a “no work, no pay” policy mounted after the House of Representatives released the list of absences of congressmen during the 15th Congress.
Angara reminded voters to be more vigilant and look into the record of the candidates who are mostly incumbent or former members of Congress. For those who have yet to be members of Congress, Angara said voters could look at their achievements and credentials.
“If they were achievers in their past professional lives, most likely they will be achievers in the Senate. Kung sila ay non-performing asset (NPA) sa dating propesyunal na buhay, malamang magiging NPA din sila sa Senado,” he said.
Angara called for a more transparent use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or more popularly known as “pork barrel” to make sure that these are spent wisely and judiciously.
“We should make sure that the PDAF goes to the programs and projects that would benefit the constituents and not for their personal gain. Politicians who abuse their position for corruption do not deserve the people’s vote,” he said.
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