SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez said the House of Representatives, after declaring itself a Constituent Assembly (Con Ass, with the stress on the Ass), will proceed with Cha-cha (Charter change) even without the Senate, which has refused to join the House’s “nonsense” unless it (the lower chamber, no pun intended) agrees with its (the upper chamber, again no pun intended) contention that the Senate and the House should vote separately on any decision made.
“Mora ma’g dili abugado ni’s Alvarez,” a colleague quipped. I nodded and said, “Abugado na siya but he’s a weirdo when it comes to advancing his personal ambition. He simply doesn’t want his term to end in 2019.”
Okay, he is a lawyer. But on this, Sen. Panfilo Lacson (he’s not a lawyer; he’s a Philippine Military Academy graduate) is more of the lawyer. “For their own sake (he is referring to the congressm… umm, House members), they should not allow themselves to look pathetic and, worse, ridiculous.” Lacson floored Alvarez with this argument: when the Con Ass (again the stress is on the Ass) submits its work to a plebiscite, it would need money. Where would they get it? From Congress, of course. Congress, as in the Senate and the House.
No, Alvarez and his “chuwawaps” in the House may not look pathetic. They’re just weirdos. And there are many of them in the Duterte government, starting from the one at the top. But let us not go there for now.
Last week, weirdos at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the certificate of incorporation of the online media outlet Rappler, claiming it violated the constitutional provision stating that media outlets must be owned 100 percent by Filipinos. The decision was made five months after Solicitor General Jose Calida (another weirdo) wrote the SEC asking it to investigate Rappler. Weird?
Not much. But here’s the really weird one. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (another weirdo) followed up SEC’s move by ordering the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate Rappler for possible violation of the constitution. What did the weirdos at the NBI do instead? They summoned Rappler chief Maria Ressa to answer a cyber-libel complaint for a May 2012 story published in Rappler. But the Anti-Cybercrime Law was enacted in September yet.
What did freedom fighter and lawyer Rene Saguisag say? “One may not violate today a penal law to be enacted tomorrow.”
Over at the academe, weirdos of the University of Sto. Tomas Alumni Association Inc. (USTAAI) created an award called Thomasian Alumni Awards for Government Service whose only criteria for inclusion is that you are a graduate of UST and you are in government. UST promotes “Veritas in Caritate” or “Truth in Charity.” Among those who received the award were Sen. Joel Villanueva, Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson (another weirdo).
Uson is a Duterte propagandist, accused of spreading fake news, and spews profanities in her blog. She is leader of the Mocha Girls (yes, the Mocha Girls). Yet, there are the “Thomasian core values of compassion, competence and commitment.” Weird.