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Sponsorship Speech of Sen. Manny Pacquiao

December 5, 2017 8:14 AM
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MR. PRESIDENT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MANIFESTATION THAT THE PRIMARY REFERAL OF SENATE RESOLUTION 561 BE REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS SINCE WE WANT TO INVESTIGATE ON THE FAULTS OF THE SYSTEM RESULTING INTO GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.

MR. PRESIDENT, LAST MONTH, JUSTICE SECRETARY VITALIANO AGUIRRE II RELEASED INFORMATION THAT THERE ARE CASES OF FALSE RIGHT OF WAY CLAIMS IN MY HOMETOWN, GENERAL SANTOS CITY. THIS CAUSED OUR GOVERNMENT TO LOSE AT LEAST 8.7 BILLION PESOS.

MR. PRESIDENT, I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THESE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, WHO ARE NOTHING MORE THAN MERE SCAMMERS, MAGNANAKAW, KURAKOT, ...

TO BE FRANK, I'M FURIOUS. IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY CAUSES MY DISMAY, IT IS THEIR INTENTIONAL MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

THESE SAME FUNDS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE USED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY AND FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE LIVES OF OUR COUNTRY MEN, OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE. HINDI KO MAINTINDIHAN KUNG PAANO NAKATUTULOG ANG MGA TAONG ITO NG MAHIMBING SA GABI NANG ALAM NILA ANG KALOKOHANG GINAGAWA NILA. THESE ACTIONS ARE DONE BY HUMANS WITH NO CONSCIENSCE.

THE 1987 CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATES THAT "PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES MUST AT ALL TIMES BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE, SERVE THEM WITH UTMOST RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, AND EFFICIENCY, ACT WITH PATRIOTISM AND JUSTICE, AND LEAD MODEST LIVES." SADLY, THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN SUCH MALICIOUS ACTS FAILED TO FULFILL THEIR DUTIES AS PUBLIC SERVANTS.

MR. PRESIDENT, NANINIWALA AKO NA MERONG PROBLEMA SA ATING SISTEMA KAYA UNTI-UNTING LUMILITAW ANG MGA LAMAT SA ATING GOBYERNO.

IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT I FILED SENATE RESOLUTION 561: "A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY IN AID OF LEGISLATION ON THE REPORTED FAULTS IN THE SYSTEM, IF ANY, RESULTING TO THE MISUSE OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS FOR ITS ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY PROJECT COVERED BY ALLEGED SPURIOUS LAND TITLES IN GENERAL SANTOS CITY."

WE RECOGNIZE THAT THE ONE OF THE INHERENT POWERS OF THE STATE IS TO APPROPRIATE ANY PROPERTY FOR A PUBLIC PURPOSE. WE CERTAINLY NEED TO EXERCISE THIS POWER TO ENSURE THE EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC. HOWEVER, BYPASSING THE LAW IN THE GUISE OF PUBLIC SERVICE IS THE ULTIMATE ACT OF HYPOCRISY.

MR. PRESIDENT, HINDI KO MASIKMURA ANG GALAWANG GANITO. ANG PERANG GALING SA BUWIS NG ORDINARYONG MAMAMAYAN, NAPUNTA LANG SA BULSA NG IILANG ALAGAD NG GOBYERNO.

I BELIEVE THAT IT IS OUR DUTY, AS LEGISLATORS, TO SOLVE THESE FAULTS IN OUR SYSTEM.

HINDI PWEDENG MAG-WALANG KIBO TAYO SA ISYUNG ITO. ANG PERANG PINAGUUSAPAN AY HALOS SIYAM NA BILYONG PISO. ANG PERANG ITO AY SAPAT NA PARA MAKAPAGPATAKBO NG ISANG SIYUDAD. KAILANGAN MAITIGIL NA ANG GANITONG URI NG KALAKARAN SA ATING GOBYERNO. SINISIGURO KO NA HINDI TAYO TITIGIL HANGGAT HINDI MANANAGOT ANG DAPAT MANAGOT. IT IS ABOUT TIME WE FIX OUR SYSTEM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY.

I REPEAT, MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE TO REFER SENATE RESOLUTION 561 TO THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS TO LOOK INTO THE CURRENT SYSTEM OF THE DPWH WITH RESPECT TO ROAD RIGHT OF WAY.

Also read: Senate to probe spurious right-of-way claims in GenSan

Source: senate.gov.ph

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