SQUABBLES AND FIGHT FOR SPEAKERSHIP HAS CRIPPLED THE LEGISLATIVE ABILITY OF THE HOUSE.
by Napanice (no login)
WHILE THE SENATE IS ENGAGED IN PRODUCTIVE WORK THROUGH ITS PERSISTENT INVESTIGATIONS TO EXPOSE THE ARROYO GOVERNMENT'S CORRUPTION, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE DOING EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE BY ITS CONTINUING FOCUS ON THE OUSTER OF SPEAKER JOSE DE VENECIA.
THE LAST TIME THESE CONGRESSMEN DID SOMETHING WAS WHEN THEY WENT WITH GLORIA ON A SHOPPING TRIP TO EUROPE UNDER THE GUISE OF "EXPANDING THEIR HORIZONS" AND BEFORE THAT, IT WAS THE UNSCHEDULED MEETING AT MALACANANG PALACE TO RECEIVE BROWN BAGS FULL OF MONEY TO PREVENT THE PROGRESS OF THE LATEST IMPEACHMENT MOTION AGAINST HER BY THE OPPOSITION.
IT LOOKS LIKE ITS TIME THAT THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE DISSOLUTION OF THIS MONEY WASTING, GOOD TIMING BODY OF USELESS AND INCOMPETENT POLITICIANS.
All eyes are on the fight for the Speakership, made more exciting due to the psy-war plays apparently engaged in to the hilt between the two allies of Gloria Arroyo factions, coupled with the coy stand of Gloria, having her Palace aides say one thing favoring Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. while she has another Palace aide claiming that she is not to stop her sons from their moves to oust De Venecia.
Both factions, however, have threatened to force the issue by Monday, with one insisting on showing the Speaker a manifesto declaring a loss of confidence in him, with a claimed 134 signatories from Congress with the faction urging the Speaker to resign, to provide him with a a graceful exit. The De Venecia camp insists on a floor vote, on nominal voting, saying he not only has the numbers, but the support of Gloria.
Obviously, either way, by Monday, the public will know which way the wind will blow and who is bluffing whom. Either the Speaker stays in his post, or a new Speaker is installed.
But it is also clear that there will have to be consequences for Gloria and her other camp, either way.
For one, her Lakas Party will definitely split up as it already is, at this time, fractured, with two factions clawing at each other. Depending, of course, on which faction wins this game, the probability of the party being weakened further and marginalized is high.
If Rep. Prospero Nograles gets the Speakership, it is almost certain that eventually, a big number of Lakas members will be sworn into the Kampi party, as Lakas will no longer be seen as a major party.
At the same time, what happens to Kampi as a party once Gloria is gone, whether constitutionally or extra-constitutionally? Besides, in 2010, there will have to be elections, unless, of course, Gloria and her prostituted military stage a Palace coup and retain power unconstitutionally.
Kampi is Gloria, and its members dont make any bones about it. Gloria is out, Kampi is out, too.
Malacañang aides have claimed that it is not the end of the world for JdV if he loses the Speakership as he will still be the party president.
Thats a pretty stupid reasoning. JdV is now the president of Lakas. If he loses the fight for the Speakership, he can no longer hold the party together.
It is not a secret that Lakas has become a major administration party and JdV assumed the Speakership for years because, one, Fidel Ramos was the president then, after which Gloria Arroyo, then a strong political ally with whom she had no problems, backed him up. In between the Ramos term and the Gloria term, or more specifically, the Estrada years, for another, JdV was out of the congressional picture because he had lost the presidential race. But if Erap was not ousted in 2001, there is doubt that JdV would have been named Speaker then, after he ran and won a seat in Congress.
Also, at the time, Lakas was a very weak party, as most of the congressmen flocked to Estradas party or his LAMMP coalition. Everything, of course, changed after his ouster. But what is clear is that political parties in this country become major parties depending on who sits in Malacañang.
Still, if JdV is ousted on Monday, one can expect JdV to be aligned whether formally or informally with the minority and more exposés against Gloria can be forthcoming. After all, JdV hasnt been a Gloria-Ramos ally for over a decade without knowing anything about what goes on in Malacañang.
And there are other ways of getting the beans spilled, as JdV, an old political warhorse that he is, knows only too well.
This Gloria probably suspects already, which is why she continues to play coy while claiming that she is not about to interfere in House matters, to uphold the independence of the House.
Thats pure manure, and the Filipinos know it. What she really wants to happen is for JdV, if he is ousted, to think that she has nothing to do with his ouster.
Similarly, if JdV gets the numbers and is retained as Speaker, she would want him to think that it was because she had supported him in this fight for his life.
That has always been her hypocritical way.
Posted on Feb 1, 2008, 9:33 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52