More changes in Congress: Goodbye “8” plates?

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This one is self-explanatory to any of the country’s legislators in the 17th Congress.

Let’s wait for compliance from our lawmakers. All of them. Let us hope that Congress does away with these “protocol” plates that are given to nearly 300 Congressmen and women.

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Finally, someone did the right thing for Congress 2017 budget hearings

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YES! As in yes na yes!

The title says it all: someone did the right thing in the ongoing Congressional hearings for the 2017 National Budget – the Duterte Administration’s budget for change.

After two days of making siksik in that second floor hearing room known as the Rolando R. Andaya Hall in the Main Building of the House of Representatives, some good souls finally had enough.

The Committee on Appropriations did right in transferring its hearings – starting August 24, 2016 – to the South Wing Annex (SWA) Building.  A copy of the notice to legislators is attached here:

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Enough of jamming in the House Committee on Appropriations that has 125 members (ibang usapan kung lahat sumisipot sa hearings), resources persons from the various Departments, Commissions, Bureaus and Offices of the Executive and Judiciary who come to present and defend their budget outlays, and journalists who are duty-bound to cover the proceedings. Of course, may staff pa ang mga Congresspersons and mga ahensya na pumupunta.

For the waiters and committee pages, it sure is hell to do their jobs in jam-packed Appropriations hearings. Eh kung may masagi kang Congressman, Undersecretary or maangas na staff? Ano na? Ganern.

Eh, andami namang malalaking mga hearing rooms sa SWA Building that have been under-utilized for mega-hearings of the Committee on Appropriations.

Very good. Very, verrrry good!

Appropriate talaga ang transfer especially since the SWA building room to be used for the budget hearings is the Speaker Prospero C. Nograles Hall.

Tama lang talaga since the Chairperson of the Appropriations panel is Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and hindi naman si Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, Jr.

Rep. Nograles is the son of former Speaker Prospero Nograles while Rep. Andaya Jr. is the son  of the late former Rep. and Budget Secretary Andaya Sr.


How to write a resume for a potential promotion in Congress

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This should be sooooooo easy. Supposedly, for long-time employees in Congress.

Anyhow, let us just say simply that a resume is an important document used by job seekers to help prospective employers choose them with a coherent summary of their skills, abilities, characteristics and accomplishments.

In an even simpler manner, a resume is a concise and and quick way for a job seeker to introduce himself/herself to a potential employer.

In the Philippines’ Congress – House of Representatives, not the Senate – a lot of those currently employed seek their rightful promotion to the next rank.

Below is a hilarious example of a how-to-go-overboard-to-impress-your-boss-for-a-promotion type of resume that was recovered from the dustbin of one of them offices on the first floor of the sprawling compound that is Congress.

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This person has “Brilliant logic, fanstastic sex appeal, good sense of humor” as items under Other Skills.

We do not know if he or she was promoted though. We can only wonder.

Note that this little spot on the internet blurred out some parts of the resume since it respects the privacy of every individual on earth.

Please do read and react.😀

17th Congress gets on with a ‘supermajority’ and a row for Minority Leader

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And so we have a new Congress – the 17th version – of the Philippine Republic under the Duterte Administration.

The Senate President is Aquilino Pimentel III from Cagayan de Oro City, the Speaker of the House of Representatives is Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte while President Rodrigo Roa Duterte – who was born in Maasin City, Southern Leyte – is a long-term mayor of Davao City.


ALL-MINDANAOAN SHOW – For the first time in Philippine history, the heads of the executive and legislative branches are all from Mindanao, led by President Duterte (middle), who delivered his first State-of-the-Nation Address yesterday at the Batasang Pambansa as Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III of Cagayan de Oro City (left) and House Speaker Pantaleon ‘Bebot’ Alvarez of the first district of Davao del Norte try to listen.  .  

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Sen. Pimentel and Speaker Alvarez belong to the PDP-Laban party of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. No honorable titles here from now on, thank you.

The Senate has for its President pro tempore Senator Franklin Drilon (Liberal),  Majority leader Sen. Vicente Sotto III (NPC) and Minority leader Sen. Ralph Recto (Liberal). Parang weird talaga ang coalition agreements sa Pilipinas. LP and PDP-Laban sign a coalition agreement and you have Senators Drilon and Recto on opposite sides of the fence.

At the House of Representatives, Speaker Alvarez (PDP-Laban) has the following Deputy Speakers:

1.Eric Singson (PDP-Laban pero ex-LP);
2. Mercedes Alvarez (Nationalist Peoples Coalition);
3. Fredenil Castro (National Unity Party);
4. Raneo Abu (Nacionalista Party); and
5. Miro Quimbo (LP).

Alvarez has a Majority leader in Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas (PDP-Laban pero ex-LP din) and supposedly, a Minority leader Teddy Baguilat (LP).

Buuuuuuuutttt: Ilocos Norte Rep. Fariñas and company are in the process of changing the rules.

Even if Ifugao Rep. Baguilat came in second to Speaker Alvarez  with 8 votes over Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez’ 7 votes, the Majority Leader insisted in plenary on July 26, 2016 that all those who did not vote for Speaker Alvarez (15 + 20 representatives who abstained) have to vote for a Minority Leader.  Wow.

So as of this writing, there is yet to be a House of Representatives Minority Leader  in the 17th Congress.

Change has come in the House. #






UNSEATED: Liberal Party loses one, gets one in Congress

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There is another milestone for the Liberal Party (LP) in the 16th Congress.

Lord Allan Jay Velasco was installed on February 1 by the House as Marinduque representative after more than two years of preventing the removal of LP member Regina Ongsiako Reyes.

Velasco is a member of the National Unity Party (NUP). He joins his mother Ang Mata’y Alagaan (AMA) Party-list Rep. Lorna Velasco in Congress.


This is sweet: a son-and-mother tandem in Congress that has connections all the way to the Supreme Court.

The LP lost one member, will lose another one (the johnny-come-lately type) and essentially gain one in the end.


Another LP member (actually a former stalwart of the LAKAS-NUCD), shall most likely be replaced following another Supreme Court decision disqualifying Surigao del Sur Rep. Philip Pichay (that’s the brother of another ex-Cong. Prospero “Itanim sa Senado” Pichay.


Pichay will be replaced by Mary Elizabeth Ty-Delgado who ran as the LP bet for Congress in 2013.

Its a case of minus one plus one.  Status quo, with only a minor ripple, thanks to the HRET and the Supreme Court.

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Return of the Comeback Part 3 (The Cagas saga)

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The Cagas saga continues.  And the political clan’s comeback is not in the necessarily good news peg.



In response to an appeal of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) calling for media and public vigilance on the case of a murdered journalist in  Davao del Sur, this microdot in the internet universe is posting these for sharing.


This incident involves the waning Cagas political dynasty of Davao del Sur on the island of Mindanao.

To visualize the said dynasty (and why we say it is waning somewhat), the Cagas family held the province’s major political posts for more than a decade.

Former Assemblyman (1984), former Congressman (1998-2007) and former Governor (2007-2013) Douglas “Dodo” Cagas is the clan’s patriarch (

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His wife is former provincial board member and current first district Congresswoman Mercedes “Didi” Cagas. She is on her first term in the 16th Congress.

His brother Gary Cagas is the Punong Barangay (village chief) of Zone III in Digos City.

His son is former Congressman Marc Douglas Cagas IV who served two terms (2007-2013).  You may have a glimpse of what he was like in and in


Digos City Councilor Josef Cagas

A nephew, Josef Cagas, is a Digos City councilor.

What happened to the Cagas dynasty in the most recent polls (2013)?

Former Gov. Dodo lost in his Digos City mayoralty bid to Mayor Joseph Peñas.  Former Cong. Marc Douglas lost in the gubernatorial elections to Gov. Claude Bautista. Cong. Didi and Councilor Josef won.

Now Dodo Cagas is in jail, after being tagged as the mastermind in the murder of a journalist in June 2010. Cagas, along with Matanao, Davao del Sur, Mayor Vicente Fernandez have been implicated in the murder of Nestor Bedolido in June 2010.

The NUJP welcomed the surrender of Cagas, who was tagged as the mastermind  in the killing of Bedolido.

Eerily,  Bedolido once served as an editor of the Digos Times, a magazine that Cagas owned.

More details can be found here:

This still happens in the Philippines. And so justice must be served. This is our small contribution to keeping the case in the public eye. #




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