Rep. Magsaysay has never heard of phones

Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay (Lakas-Kampi) says that Cebu Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Lakas-Kampi) could not have conducted an informal survey of their colleagues where he says around half preferred Sen. Benigno Aquino III over other presidential aspirants. After all, she says, there are never enough congressmen around.

In a text message to reporters, she said:

“With quorum problems plaguing Congress, I don’t think the plenary can even muster 130 congressmen on the floor. It’s a good publicity gimmick for Noynoy but not at our expense.’’

Magsaysay’s main argument is that the House of Representatives is filled with lazybones. Although true, her argument makes no sense. Assuming that the House can only get 130 of its 268 members to attend sessions, that’s still more than 100.

Cuenco could very well have gone around and asked each one. It’s not like our congressmen don’t normally monkey around while the House is in session anyway.  The guy could even have passed a note around or whatever.

Even if only 15 congressmen bothered to attend, Cuenco could still have called his colleagues up. There are these things called telephones now, and they let you “talk” to other people even when they aren’t there.

"Why, yes. I do prefer Sen. Aquino."

"Why, yes. I do prefer Sen. Aquino."


  1. Сайт отличный. Надо бы Вам награду вручить за него или просто почетный орден. 🙂 [roughly: Thank you, for cheering up our bleak, post-Soviet Union lives.]

  2. Congresswoman Magsaysay is totally right about not getting enough Congressmen on the plenary hall since most of the Congressmen cannot balance their way of traversing from their district to the plenary (especially the ones from very far out districts) without spending a lot for:
    1) Fuel with non-stop rising fuel prices secondary to their inadequacy to deal with the problem.
    2) They don’t care much about attending the plenary meetings because they don’t give a damn.
    They only care about one thing, and that is how they would be able to get back what they have spent from their polls. Quoting Sen. Lacson about what the “Son” said something like “Humingi ng project kay sec kasi malaki ang nagastos nung kampanya kasi natalo”.

    There is one way of getting Reps to attend the plenary, and that is to give them bribes just to make them perform what they are obligated to perform.

    God, Allah or Buddah save the Philippines.

  3. @betterphilippines: Thanks. 🙂 We’ll probably get our asses handed to us by Hay Men, but it’s pretty cool.

    @Jun: It’s true. Congress gets the best benefits. I heard their employees got P50k last Christmas as a shopping allowance.

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