Ikot o Toki? Senate@UP Diliman gets online buzz

Posted at 06/29/12 06:07 PM
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MANILA, Philippines - A legislative body in the country's premier state university?

That just might be the case in the future as the Senate considers moving to the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

The Senate is currently spending P110 million annually in renting their current space at the GSIS building in Pasay City.

There is no decision yet on the move but other choices like the Manila Film Center and the Central Post Office have been rejected.

News of the possible move caught wind on Twitter, with "UP Diliman" trending on the microblogging site.

Personalities, alumni and other netizens have mixed reactions on the Senate's possible move.

Kabataan party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino believes the Senate should move to vacant spaces in the Batasan complex.

Meanwhile, Superstar Marian, one of the famous local parody accounts on Twitter, jokingly wonders which campus jeepney route senators will use.

"Toki? Ikot? Pantranco o pang-trapo?" Marian tweeted.

Blogger Heckler Forever favors the Senate move to Diliman but only if 30 percent of each senator's pork barrel will be given to the university.

ABS-CBN reporter and UP alumnus RG Cruz said the move will make covering impeachment cases convenient for him.

Other alumni warned of daily rallies if the Senate moves to UP and lamented the lack of proper urban planning in the Metro.

Outside Diliman

Speaking to ANC, Sen. Franklin Drilon said the proposal to move the Senate to Quezon City is necessary to ensure better coordination between the two Houses of Congress.

The Senate is currently staying at the GSIS Building along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City while the House of Representatives is at the Batasan Complex in Quezon City.

The upper chamber is currently housed at the financial center of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

“It is extremely difficult in our work that we are so far away from the House of Representatives. Since we area bicameral legislature, a lot of coordination is being made. There are bicamal conference committees, Commission on Appointments hearings, which require the presence of both congressmen and senators so right now our physical distance makes it very inefficient,” he said.

Drilon said he and 2 other senators are examining options about the planned move. He noted the Senate wants to have its own building after spending over P1.4 billion in rentals for over 14 years.

He said that if the Senate does move near UP Diliman, it will not be inside the campus but on Commonwealth Avenue.

ANC, June 29, 2012