MANILA, September 19 – Malacañang appealed to lawmakers not to seek special treatment and to practice a modest lifestyle, after one of the leaders of the House of Representatives, Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, suggested that lawmakers must be given ‘parliamentary immunity’ from minor traffic violations.
House Majority leader and Illocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Farinas said on Monday, Sept. 18 that the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) should allow members of the House of Representatives to proceed to the house of representatives during sessions, to be surrendered by the Speaker to the proper authorities after the session
“Pag nagpakilalang congressman siya at maipakitang talagang congressman, huwag niyong dalhin sa presinto. Kapag dinala sa presinto, hindi na siya makakapag-perform ng kanyang functions. Halimbawa nakasagasa. Nasugatan ‘yung tao. Pag nagpakilalang congressman yan, e di saka na hulihihin. Ang aming rules po, pag natapos ang session, isu-surrender ni Speaker ‘yung member,”
-Illocos Norte Rep. Farinas
Reacting to Fariñas’ suggestion, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said: “The President himself continues to observe a modest lifestyle and he seeks no special treatment whether inside our outside the Palace.”
“We hope our colleagues in Congress, especially our allies, can bring themselves to do the same,” -Presidential Spokesperson Abella
The House transportation committee was drilling down on the causes and effects of traffic woes when Fariñas brought up the issue. He said even the President has immunity from lawsuits and arrests.
Fariñas, who admits to being strict on late-comers at the House of Representatives, said heavy traffic has been limiting representatives from carrying out their mandate.