Friday, May 08, 2009

A lawmaker's lesson on obedience

This is my spin, anyway, it's my blog.

PD Inquirer reports about a new congressman's brush with House security forces. The title and lede:

Poor solon ‘marginalized’ at Batasan gate

By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Tough luck if you’re a common man, a member of the House of Representatives, and go to the office on foot. Chances are the House guards would think you don’t belong.

The lawmaker was not allowed immediate access to the House. Whether or not it was because he did not alight from any vehicle, what is certain is that he did not have his Congress pin, and so he had to wait longer. If only he wore his pin. He is not angry at the guards though.

... it was only after he introduced himself and showed his House of Representatives pin—which he had kept in his pocket—that the guard waved him through, with an apology.

“Ay, sorry,” the guard said.

... he was not angry at the guard and did not want to make a fuss over the incident, noting that all new lawmakers had been previously briefed that they should wear their pins at the Batasan for identification purposes.

I hope Mr. Lawmaker follows this simple protocol. I'd be afraid to think what would happen if he did not abide by more important and bigger laws of the land. If he cannot follow simple rules.

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