Where’s the check and balance?

RIDICULOUS as it’s hugely unworkable a proposal of San Juan Rep. Jose Victor Ejercito for the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to coalesce with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of his father, ex-President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay in a bid to come up with a common senatorial slate for 2013 polls.

No wonder his half-brother, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, is the very first to junk it citing for obvious reason the impossibility of a super coalition floated by the San Juan lawmaker between the two dominant political parties.

This writer simply sides with Senator Estrada as the former sees no convincing rationale over Rep. Ejercito’s proposition for an alliance because what’ll certainly be compromised here is the check and ba-lance in case only one ticket wins in the senatorial race.

Now that no less than the Palace mouthpieces are not buying the proposal explaining that there’s no need as PNoy’s LP has already coalesced with Senator Manuel Villar’s Nationalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the matter should be put in a dustbin altogether.

Even if the good congressman is insisting that UNA is not an opposition party, hence his justification for a super coalition, he should have let the current situation stay as we can’t really imagine how the Senate will function properly and effectively if a common slate of senatorial bets will emerge victorious in the next year’s elections.

For sure, the Senate’s fiscalizing authority will be lost as it’ll just be transformed into like a rubber stamp as its members will only approve “without thinking” any measures coming from Malacañan. It won’t do any good to the Filipino people as a whole.

Besides, what’s the super coalition Rep. Ejercito is proposing when in fact both UNA and LP have already announced in public that they’ve respectively formed their senatorial slates though the latter is said to have been still courting other winnable senatorial bets. That’s preposterous.

Health Boosts

On a lighter side, series of activities in line with the Nutrition Month this July was prepared in the coastal city of Navotas, Mayor John Reynald Tiangco reveals.

He says: “To boost the city government’s existing health programs, we have enjoined volunteer doctors, dentists, aerobic dance instructors and enthusiasts and bikers to join us in various activities this month to campaign for a healthy lifestyle and provide basic medical needs to our constituents.”

The celebration kicked off yesterday through a free tooth extraction project organized by Councilor Reynaldo Monroy. The project is themed “Masasakit na Ngipin, Aalisin” which has a target of 200 beneficiaries.

According to the mayor, the month-long celebration will culminate through a medical mission themed “Kalusugan mo, Sagot Ko” headed by Councilor  Steve Naval to be held on July 27, 8 a.m. until 12 noon in Barangay Tanza’s covered court.

The local government will also conduct blood-letting activities in different areas in the city in the observance of the National Blood Month and in support to their constituents who are in need of safe and adequate blood supply.


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