Po­lit­i­cal mo­rons

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion - BY: JUN LEDESMA

IOFTEN won­dered why and what have we done as a na­tion that we are given this scourge – a Lower Cham­ber in Con­gress where po­lit­i­cal mo­rons and hun­gry hye­nas thrive and fight over our tax they can­not agree how much to al­lo­cate for what and for whom with­out think­ing in sin­gle and pos­ses­sive pro­noun: mine.

And then we have a Vice Pres­i­dent, Leni Ro­bredo, who thinks that money in­tended for dredg­ing heav­ily silted rivers that could re­sults to flash floods and ero­sions, like what hap­pened in Bi­col where she re­sides, will just be pur­loined. Each time she opens her mouth she re­veals what’s in her cra­nium. Still an­other va­ri­ety, Rep. Ed­cel Lag­man, also from her re­gion, as­serts that Mar­tial Law in Min­danao need not be ex­tended since there is no armed re­bel­lion in the re­gion. How could he who has not even ven­tured in Min­danao, for he might be too scared, judge what is good for us Min­danaoans? And still an­other Bi­colano, Rolando An­daya, the new Ma­jor­ity Floor Leader, prac­ti­cally sat on the pro­posed bud­get for 2019 ques­tion­ing at length the al­leged “in­ser­tion” by Bud­get Sec. Ben­jamin Dio­kno thus jeop­ar­diz­ing the ini­tial phase of the Build Build Build pro­gram of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Se­na­tor An­to­nio Tril­lanes, also from the same re­gion, is out of the coun­try for a string of speak­ing en­gage­ments, so he claimed. Back home he is fac­ing a magma of war­rants yet he wants to impress us that he is in the mold of Dale Carnegie. Has the ash fall and sul­fu­ric fumes from the eter­nally ac­tive Mayon any­thing to do with mind­set of these char­ac­ters?

The un­usual de­lay in pass­ing the 2019 bud­get is no longer funny. If “in­ser­tions” were made then why can­not they eval­u­ate whether there is valid rea­sons why it should be con­sid­ered. Re­mem­ber that not a few con­gres­sional dis­tricts were de­prived of bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions dur­ing the term of ex-Speaker Be­bot Al­varez. Con­gress­man An­daya early on saw the huge chunk of money in the pro­posed bud­get for the dis­tricts of Al­varez, Cong. Rodolfo Fari­nas and of ex-Con­gress­man now Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Karlo No­grales. The prob­lem then was that the Palace had ques­tioned what it ear­lier sus­pected as a big al­lo­ca­tion for the district of in­cum­bent Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal Ar­royo which turned out to be a pit­tance com­pared to the three. Ev­ery­thing went con­vo­luted the House of Glo­ria seemed to be par­a­lyzed by its own in­abil­ity to de­cide on the fate of the 2019 bud­get pro­posed by Mala­cañang.

Con­gress should flesh out what it sus­pected as ques­tion­able in­ser­tions and pro­ceed with what the mem­bers think is fair and just. Well, they in­vited Bud­get Sec. Ben Dio­kno dur­ing the bud­get hear­ing but in­stead of seek­ing an­swers to shed light on the bud­get pro­posal the con­gress­men cru­ci­fied and drowned him in a hail of in­sults.

Fail­ing to act on the bud­get would re­sult in a stand­still in govern­ment func­tionar­ies, ser­vices and im­ple­men­ta­tion of salaries and wages of state em­ploy­ees. The grave con­di­tion may force Pres. Ro­drigo Duterte to con­sider op­tions which con­gress­men might later re­gret.

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