House minority leader urged to take more active role


Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza is urging House Minority Leader Rep. Ronaldo Zamora of San Juan (City Metro Manila) to take a more active role especially in Congress’ discussion of the proposed national budget.

President Benigno Aquino 3rd earlier approved a P3-trillion budget for 2016.

On Sunday, Atienza said there is a need for an active minority as he observed that it “seemed too submissive.”

When asked in a text message to clarify if he was urging Zamora to take a more active role especially in Congress’ discussion of the proposed budget, he replied, “Yes no compromises.”

“No shades of DAP [Disbursement Acceleration Program] or PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] should be allowed,” Atienza said.

The Supreme Court, in a decision last November 19, 2013, declared PDAF unconstitutional.

DAP, a stimulus package under the Aquino administration that aimed to fast-track public spending and push economic growth, was also declared unconstitutional by the SC in July 2014.

Meanwhile, Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd of Isabela, a member of the House minority bloc, said “minority is different from being an opposition” when asked on the bloc’s perceived allegiance to the majority bloc.

“You can be in the majority and yet be in the ranks of the opposition. Majority and minority was for the Speakership,” Albano told The Manila Times in a text message.

He said the best example was the United Nationalist Alliance.

“They are still part of the majority,” the lawmaker explained.


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