IN politics, it is normal for opposing candidates to slug it out with one another or, at worst, kill each other.
We are all used to this and we can tolerate, even actually enjoy the ‘show’ from the sidelines.
However, it is rather frustrating if in the process of politicking, the people suffer as they inadvertently get caught in the crossfire.
An example of such scenario is the current impasse among our country’s lawmakers over this year’s budget.
As we all know, the senators and congressmen have had a busy week, accusing each other of violating the Constitution by making last-minute amendments to the P3.757-trillion budget after it had been approved by the bicameral conference committee.
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) warned that our country’s economic growth will likely slow down if the budget continues not getting passed.
Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said that ‘full-year GDP growth could drop to as low as 4.2 percent if the P3.757-trillion budget for 2019 was not approved and the government was forced to operate with the reenacted 2018 budget for the entire year.
If the 2019 budget were finally enacted next month, Pernia said 2019 growth would be limited to 6.1 to 6.3 percent. If the budget impasse were to last until August, economic expansion would only be from 4.9 to 5.1 percent.
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At the local front, we can take a good look at what is happening in Makati City, supposedly the most progressive city in the country as it is in fact called ‘the financial district.
A good number of friends residing in Makati and active in Makati politics shared that currently, all the help that they used to get from the office of Congressman Monsour del Rosario, who is currently running for Makati vice mayor alongside former Mayor Junjun Binay, had been ‘blocked,’ all in the name of politics.
It was learned that yesterday, Del Rosario, with much regret, informed those expecting help from his office and from Makati’s second district, that he can no longer share his funds with them like he used to do.
This, after he was told by the Special Disbursing Officer (SDO) that there is an instruction from the Department of Social Welfare and Development to stop accepting District 2 ‘clients’ as the said SDO’s attention was called by the officer-in-charge of the Protective Services Program (PSP).
The same officer, according to the sources, had told Del Rosario that they have no choice but to comply with the directive of the DSWD ‘so as not to hinder the delivery of assistance to constituents from the first District of Makati’.
Sources said barangay officials are making the rounds to explain to the constituents what was happening. In the meantime, the residents especially those who need medical assistance, are left helpless and hopeless.
On top of this, I was told that even the tents being lent by Cong. Del Rosario for various purposes were being deliberately destroyed. How childish can candidates get?
Stopping or blocking the help coming from a candidate’s funds will not hurt his candidacy. In this day and age of technology, voters can easily look beyond funds and base their support on what a candidate had actually done.
In the case of Del Rosario, House records would show that he had a total of 105 principal measures filed in Congress; 58 principal bills; 47 principal resolutions; 187 authored measures; 178 co-authored bills and nine co-authored resolutions.
Judging from these figures, I would say that indeed, Del Rosario did not fail his constituents.
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