The old practice of absenteeism at the House of Representatives could be stopped by employing the ‘no work no pay’ policy being done by the capitalists to the workers, a former legislator argued over the weekend.
Former Rep. Renato Magtubo, president of the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), said the problem why the majority of House members can deliberately absent themselves from plenary sessions is that there is no rule or law that punishes them from doing such “crime.”
Specifically, Magtubo said the congressmen’s monthly salary, benefits and allowance in attending committee meetings will remain the same even they will not attend the sessions.
The former congressman’s statement was in line with the complaint of Buhay party-list Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr. last week that the House could not discuss pending bills like the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Anti-Dynasty Law and Freedom of Information (FOI) Law if majority if not all of the legislators have been not attending the plenary sessions for more than two weeks now.
Regardless of the nature of the proposed law, Magtubo, who was a member of the 11th to 13th Congresses, stressed that it is the duty and responsibility of each lawmaker to attend the House sessions.
He said to ensure perfect attendance of the lawmakers, there must be a rule or law that implements the “no work no pay” policy being practiced by all capitalists in the country.
In business, Magtubo said the workers are forced to work and at the same time go to their work on time because of the no work, no pay policy.
The truth of the matter, he added, is that the congressmen attend the plenary sessions in complete attendance if the topic is about the proposed General Appropriations Act.