Nograles favors unicameral form of government

December 10, 2009 11:19 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 10 — House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Thursday said the ongoing joint session of Congress discussing Proclamation 1959 which placed the province of Maguindanao under martial law, gave a glimpse of how better a unicameral form of government would be for the country.

"So far, it's a very historic joint session and the way it was going yesterday during the session, I am more convinced that we should be unicameral," said Nograles in an interview with reporters.

"You try to observe it when there is (joint) session, it is more orderly and we tackle a lot of things faster," he said.

The Speaker said that the unicameral form of government is one of the main programs of former Defense Secretary Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr., standard bearer of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD for the May 2010 elections.

"So maybe there is really some sense in the proposal of Gibo (Teodoro) that he is open to unicameral," he said.

Nograles said that for the first time other than the state of the nation address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, "we experienced a rehearsal of what it would be when you have a unicameral body," referring to the on-going joint session of Congress.

"Under unicameral body, when you call for a vote, minsanan lang. There would only be one division. With bicameral, nagkakaroon ng delay in legislation," he said.

"That is only my personal opinion. I was presiding over it and that is the feeling that I got, I don’t know about the others," he added.

Meanwhile, the House leader assured that the joint plenary proceedings would allow all concerned to ventilate and air their side of the coin in connection with Proclamation 1959.

He also lauded the full cooperation and statesmanship of all the members of both Chambers of Congress, noting the vital role of the members and leaders of the opposition during the entire proceedings. (PNA)

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