Chiz not surprised by slide in Congress' ratings
MANILA - Senator Francis Escudero is not surprised by the downward trend in the public approval ratings of the legislature.
"Expected yun dahil sa batikos na tinanggap. Kaya nga ang posisyon at hakbangin, paano maibabalik ang tiwala sa institusyon…Kabilang na yung linisin ang pork barrel system. Tanggalin yun, imbestigahan yun,” he said.
He said there is also a need to pass immediately the Freedom of Information Bill. "Kabilang na yun, di kasi natuloy ang interpellation ng FOI.”
The FOI has been touted as a potent anti-corruption weapon by advocates. The FOI has been sponsored at the Senate plenary, but remains to be tackled at the House public information committee.
Escudero could not say when Congress can recover, but said what's important now is that there are efforts to restore public trust and confidence in the legislature.
He dismissed criticisms that moves to realign pork barrel funds to augment the nearly depleted calamity funds because of recent disasters are just meant to score brownie points from the public.
"Kaysa naman pagpapa-pangit, at least pagpapo-pogi. Alangang lalo pa naming sirain, sabihin na epal, di makakaila na yun ang tamang gawin,” he said.
Nonetheless, they will realign the pork barrel even if the legislature’s ratings are down, he said.
He added he is not demoralized by the survey numbers and hopes neither are his colleagues.