What ‘conscience vote’? | Cebu Day-to-day News


As you read through this, Reader, we should know the final decision of the Household of Reps Committee on Legislative Franchises pertaining to the Abs-CBN franchise renewal.

Assuming everything goes on plan. But I publish this column on Thursday evening, after the congressional hearings (there had been 12 averaging 9 hrs every), and the summations. We have been handled to speeches by the Speaker of the Dwelling (Alan Peter Cayetano) and the Bulk Chief (Martin Romualdez), in advance of the main occasion, which had been the summations by Rep. Carlos Zarate (for) and Rep. Rodante Marcoleta (in opposition to).

As of Thursday night, what are the likelihood of Stomach muscles-CBN’s franchise renewal? Based mostly on what’s been going on, I give it a one particular-in-ten chance: It will be accepted if the congressmen vote their conscience, but provided the present-day political conditions, that is quite slender. The only reason it is nonetheless alive is that folks have been praying for them, and I feel in the efficacy of prayer.

If it squeaks as a result of the committee, it will probably have a considerably far better likelihood of obtaining by way of the plenary.

Why the 99 p.c chance of nonrenewal in the committee? The response, dear Reader, is pure and simple: Due to the fact President Duterte doesn’t want it renewed. But we realized that from the beginning, so why the 12 hearings, and the summations?

Let us hear it from Speaker Cayetano: The hearings were performed in purchase to give the congressmen and the general public a prospect to make up their minds professional or con, or change their minds, centered on the information and facts gained.

But, as the Speaker also explained from Jeremiah (17:9), “The heart is deceitful earlier mentioned all factors. Who can understand it?” So I adhere to my forecast. Their intellect was already designed up. As for convincing the basic community, the proof I can gather suggests that whilst a great bulk of the people have been in favor of an Stomach muscles-CBN franchise renewal all through the starting of the hearings—unfortunately, I just cannot set my arms on the survey—the most current proof is that 92 per cent of the respondents now are in favor.

Which is too much to handle. Vox populi.

So, if the franchise committee and 46 other ex-officio members (for a total of 92 or 93), and afterwards on, the Household plenary choose towards the renewal, they are in essence thumbing their noses at their bosses: the people. And one cannot say the people today are not very well informed, just after 108 several hours of hearings. But then all over again, the assumption that the congresspersons characterize their constituents might not be exact.

Their serious boss might be these with the purse strings. And if scuttlebutt is to be considered, Paolo Duterte and the Iglesia ni Cristo have been incredibly hectic trying to impact these votes.

The issue: Why do the individuals overwhelmingly help the extension of Abs-CBN’s franchise? For the authentic the vast majority who expressed their aid, it have to have been mainly because Ab muscles-CBN has served them perfectly, for regardless of what cause. For the maximize in aid to 92 percent, it ought to have been simply because they had been convinced by what they read in Congress.

I concur with them. Zarate summarized it excellently. He itemized all the rates leveled towards Abdominal muscles-CBN: the citizenship challenge, the Philippine Depositary Receipts, the tax evasion, the amenities that Abs-CBN took over from the govt, the marketing campaign bias challenge, the labor issue, and even the tax shields concern.

All these, he pointed out, experienced been settled by suitable govt organizations in favor of Abdominal muscles-CBN: the Bureau of Immigration, the Division of Justice, the Securities and Trade Fee, the Bureau of Inner Income, the Comelec, the Section of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. These uncovered no erroneous habits on the component of Abs-CBN.

Marcoleta introduced up the citizenship difficulty, as if it experienced not been fixed. Extra drastically, he claimed that these govt businesses ended up not the judge of no matter if Abdominal muscles-CBN should be granted a franchise, it was Congress. Of system, Agent Marcoleta, but their judgment have to be based on specifics, as verified by these agencies, not on your emotions and speculations.

On its deserves, Ab muscles-CBN really should have been granted this franchise renewal inside hrs or inside days, the way other franchise seekers are treated. Congress naturally is not going to vote their “conscience.” Probably they have none.

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