SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
HOUSE SPEAKER ALAN PETER “COMPAÑERO” S. CAYETANO
SPEECH AT THE PLENARY ON THE OPENING OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MONTH
September 30, 2019
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builder builds in vain.” If you look at the Philippine Constitution, nakalagay po don, “the kind of society we want to build with the help of the Almighty”. For the longest time, ang House of Representatives ay parating “whipping boy”. Kung may katrapuhan, kung may corruption, kung meron pong mapipintas, or yung negative ng pulitika, parati na lang binabaling sa House.
First of all, it’s very unfair to our employees and officials who are working very hard. So thank you very much na tumayo kayo, bilang mga representanteng elected, para palakpakan ang mga taong nasa likod ng camera, pero sila talaga and mga gumagawa ng trabaho.
And of course, let us continue to honor them not only in words, sa palakpak, but to make sure that their families are well provided for, to make sure that Congress has a complex where friends can gather, where they have…mabilis man but good meals and good talk, and break bread together. Let’s make sure that we have sports facilities para pati naman yung katawan: soul, spirit, body, mind.
In saying all of these, I’d like to thank you because, with the help of the Almighty, we are building the House. Each Congress has done great things. And siyempre po yung intriga sa isa or yung kontrobersiya po sa isa minsan nagiging kontrobersiya ng lahat. But in the last few months napatunayan natin that we can try new things. That we can think out of the box. That wala sa Constitution na kailangan mabagal ang legislation. Na wala sa Constitution na hindi tayo pwedeng magusap kung paano mapabilis at maging mas effective ang governance. Wala rin po sa Konstitusyon na nakalagay na ang mga Representante should not take care of their constituents and their employees.
So we are doing all of these sa vision ng ating Pangulo to have “a safe and comfortable life for all”. I know apektado tayo minsan sa mga balita at news, pero I will give you the same advice that your parents, your lolo, your lola, my lolos and lolas told me: 1) kung wala ka rin mabuting masasabi, wag ka na lang magsalita; 2) wag papatol sa tsismis.
So to our friends in media and the people of the Philippines, pag meron kayong matutuligsa sa 18th Congress, by all means, sabihin niyo, through social media to tri-media, through emails, Whatsup, Viber, come here, private message niyo kami, Facebook, but show us your complaints. Pero kung general accusations lang, tsismis, paano naman sasagutin ang tsismis? Pag sinagot mo ng tsismis ang tsismis din, pare-pareho na tayong tsismoso.
But more than that, do the people deserve an argument on pork when there is really no pork on the budget? Or do the people deserve a discussion on how much money does our farmers need. Anong klaseng mga programa sa DA ang kailangan to make family-owned farms work? Sa health, may universal healthcare tayo. How do we fund it? May problema sa mga ilang disease ng bumabalik. How do we solve it? Sa education, pinangakuan tayo na yung K-12, pagka-nailagay hindi mo na kailangan mag-college, pwede na magtrabaho. Pero kulang sa equipment, kulang sa expertise.
These are the kinds of debates that people want. Yes, bad news sells. But bad news does not build a nation. Bad news, intriga, and tsismis does not build the house. And we, the 18th Congress, are determined to build a House, a House of the People that will give our people a safer and more comfortable life.
So by the powers vested in me, through my colleagues, I now declare the House of Representatives Month open.