'Abolish Congress, save P211 billion'
MANILA - Election Lawyer Romulo Macalintal is seeking the abolition of Congress after Monday's Million People March against pork barrel.
In a statement, Macalintal said he is reviving his proposal to amend the Constitution and shut down Congress for 6 years to save the country some P211 billion.
"This proposal is an answer to the question, ‘After the Million March, what's next?’ To partly assuage the harm inflicted upon a deeply wounded nation, a temporary closure of Congress would be a welcome gesture from our legislators," he said.
In a separate statement, Macalintal wrote the House Appropriations Committee to question the budget of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).
Macalintal wants the House Appropriation Committee to look into the propriety of appropriating P124.9 million for the tribunal considering that no election protest involving any senator is pending for adjudication.
“The election protest of Senator Koko Pimentel against former Senator Migs Zubiri was settled in August 2011. Hence, no election protest was likewise attended to by the SET since September 2011 to the present or for the past two (2) years," he said.
"At this time when the entire Filipino people are expressing their sincere and rightful demand for transparency and proper accountability of their money, I honestly believe that the matter expressed herein should be taken into consideration by the House of Representatives as it tackles the budget for 2014."
Macalintal said that he brought this matter to the attention of Senate President Franklin Drilon and all the senators in his letter dated August 1, as well as a similar letter to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on August 2 but has not received any answer up to the present.
The SET is composed of three senior justices of the Supreme Court and six (6) senators nominated by the Senate.