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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 13:31

Sound Snipings

A word or two on the BBL. Focusing ont he word “apparent”. Thesaurus: English (United States) directly lists down its seven (7) synonyms: Obvious, clear, evident, plain, noticeable, perceptible, plain as the nose on your face.

So, how then can anyone insist on passing the BBL as proposed by President Aquino?

Read on, in a recent Philippine Star article on Pnoy’s BBL pitch during his SONA, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., in support of the latter was quoted as having said, “He (Belmonte) also batted for the passage of the BBL, which is facing stiff opposition in plenary over its apparent unconstitutional provisions.”

See? Plain and easy. The BBL, admittedly, is shot full of unconstitutional provisions. How else then can anyone dispute that? And how in conscience can Philippine leaders, led by our very own elected president, attempt to ram down our throats this BBL?

Very recently, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, head of one of the congressional committees on the BBL, was here in the company of member, Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano for a public hearing. I was there and ready to speak out my thoughts. But as a simple and ordinary Juan dela Cruz, I had to content myself with sitting unnoticed at one corner of the hall, away from the VIPs.  And sadder still, the acoustics were awful, and I had a difficult time comprehending the discussions. So, I lost the opportunity to interact and went home in despair.

Now, I take this opportunity to speak out, in the hope this ten-cent worth of opinion reaches the eyes and ears of our elective officials in both houses of congress.

It is evident that they are all well-studied; and granting perhaps that a “fingertipful” is/are not; all are just the same endowed with the God-given practical knowledge.

Ladies and gentlemen, take the cue from this probable but factual unguarded statement of a House leader himself, the Speaker, “He (Belmonte) also batted for the passage of the BBL, which is facing stiff opposition in plenary over its apparent unconstitutional provisions.”

Repeat. See? Plain and easy. The BBL, admittedly is shot full of unconstitutional provisions. How else then can anyone dispute that? And how in conscience can Philippine leaders, led by our very own elected president attempt to ram down our throats this BBL?

Therefore, this I plead. Honorable members, when you cast your vote on the BBL as Pnoy-endorsed, please do not vote along party lines. Kindly go by your conscience to make sure the BBL will have a legal leg with which to stand on in any court of law.

And when that you do, you will not only be true to the duties and responsibilities by which you swore to an oath under the constitution of the Philippine Republic; you will also help stop giving the rebels false hopes, which is what would possibly drive them back to the hills.

Be true to both us and to them, give only what is allowed by law. No more, no less.

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