BUHAY Party-list Representative Jose "Lito" Atienza Jr. on Thursday, September 12, questioned the supposed record-breaking attendance of lawmakers at the House of Representatives, saying the records were “doctored” by the House leadership.
According to the House leadership, lawmakers averaging to 247 were present for session since 22 July up to 10 September.
But Atienza disputed this at a press conference saying there was no quorum in the House when it approved the budget of various agencies during the plenary session in the past two days.
Atienza hit the House leadership and said it seems to be more concerned about “breaking records” and “breaking time elements.”
“You'll see it right now, ang dami dami naming inaaprubahan ngayon na in fact, hindi nga alam ng marami, basta pagdating ng botohan, aprub!” he said.
During the press conference, Atienza also reminded his colleagues to always be present during plenary deliberations.
“We don’t want it to again be the malpractice of our legislative processes. Roll call is a roll call. First in the agenda is a roll call,” he said.
“The quorum is the basic requirement of any deliberative body,” he added. (JNC/SunStar Philippines)