We need to bring our legislators to the 21st century

Philippines
May 27, 2010 5:12am CST
I was watching the live coverage of the canvassing for President and Vice-President. I watched them ask one silly question after another. Dilangalen kept insisting on a certification required by law, but seemed to be deaf to the answers given by Comelec. The other issue they had trouble with was the issue on digital signatures. It was really pathetic watching them struggle to understand computer. I could only shake my head in disbelief as I watch Congress left behind in the 50s. is it asking to much for them to study before going to one of their most important functions?! Their questions are casting suspicion on the automation of the election when actually they just cannot understand technology. Are you watching the canvassing too? So far, do you think they have raised a valid point or are they wasting public money? Do you think they understand what they are saying or are they just grandstanding, raising issue after issue hoping that they can nail one on the head finally?
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@agmamayo (804)
• Philippines
27 May 10
I think what the Congress should be doing now is canvassing the votes perse and not bringing up any election frauds which are not supported by valid evidences. Those leading the investigation specially Teddy Locsin should stop whining about those mysterious and negligible allegations of election manipulation, after all they have no true evidence just that man called Koala bear who is hiding behind a mask like a Taliban insurgent. Who will believe in Koala bears allegations when he himself cannot reveal his true identity. The individuals whom are complaining they are cheated are all election losers in their respective towns, cities or provinces. Even Teddy Locsin's wife lost in the elections too so it is a clear sourgraping for Locsin. The congress should avoid those hypothetical investigations because it will go nowwhere but the garbage. Like those issues against Villar before the elections what happened to that inquiry, when elections came, the issue was drowned and non-existent. Those are just political mambo-jumbo, they should focus on the canvassing of votes so that we can start a new beginning for the new president and see what he can do and let those whinings buried to the ground.
• Philippines
27 May 10
despite the fact that the law makers are trying to make sure that there are no burdens while pussing through the canvassing i believe some of them tried to make points first before starting the canvass. but regarding dilangalen's comment, i think it should examined and reviewed strict procedures later on. so that it won't be much of a hustle for the 2016 elections
• Philippines
27 May 10
It's true, it's turning out to be a gripe fest for the sore losers! It's high on talk but low on evidence. I have yet to hear an issue worthy to be talked about. They are not doing their job! They are coming up with excuse after excuse to delay the proceedings. Makes me think that the are hell-bent on casting aspersions on the election to justify their loss!
• Philippines
27 May 10
LetranKnight, seriously, what issue was raised that was valid? All they did was show off their extreme ignorance. The sad thing is that they were the ones who passed the law, and it seems as if they are so disconnected to reality that they cannot recognize its implementation even if it is dancing in front of them.
• Philippines
27 May 10
Hello there, I remember a facebook user there saying that we should modernize our legislators, that's crazy. what should happen first is modernizing the critical thinking of the FIlipinos in terms of choosing and criticizing the candidates. So, look at these people, most of them are NOT that computer literate or maybe just out of phased in terms of modern technology. It's the people who vote for them that needs modernization..and Mass Voting Education is a must if we are to have a mature and intelligent voters that would elect not only knowledgeable but also experienced legislators. but all we have now are trapos and grandstanders
• Philippines
27 May 10
Why would it be crazy to modernize legislators? After all these are the people who craft the laws, and we have to make sure that the laws are applicable in this century.
• Philippines
27 May 10
because it's the people who should be choosing the "BEST" legislators as the best part of the process of modernizing legislators, means voting for those who knows a bit of technology. some laws are obselete, and most legislators now in the congress are old timers. unless they are given time for PCOS review guidlines,procedures..etc. by comelec, it's the who comes in the greater part of choosing the best. sadly, popularity is still part of the criteria of the candidate.
• Philippines
27 May 10
it's the PEOPLE who comes in the greater part of choosing the best. sadly, popularity is still part of the criteria of the candidate.
@rsa101 (13951)
• Quezon City, Philippines
27 May 10
Although I haven't seen the actual ones but basing from the news I am seeing, yes you are right. It seems that congressmen are really ignorant about this technology despite them approving such technology. It is sad the some congressmen are just posturing inside just to stop the canvassing from proceeding. But one good thing I hear was that they are creating a body of it people to conduct investigation on this matter because it is obvious that all the queries in there are not relevant. They should start focusing on the canvassing and leave the questionable ballots to the technical group they are creating to investigate it.
• Philippines
27 May 10
In the end they created a body to investigate the matter. I think the Canvassing Board was dominated by losers or had relatives who lost and so they concentrated more on the cheating hoping to justify their loss in the last election. The thing tha annoys me really is that Comelec also created a similar body to investigate the allegations of cheating. We are wasting resources duplicating work just because we cannot trust each other. I felt like going to Congress and shouting "Losers!"
@rsa101 (13951)
• Quezon City, Philippines
1 Jun 10
Sad thing indeed that even the congress' house speaker is also defeated in his bid in Davao City that why he is also griping about his defeat.
• Philippines
27 May 10
Unfortunately our cable doesn't carry ANC, so until now I haven't seen the actual canvassing yet, but my boyfriend was talking about it, cause we love discussing politics, and he said that it was almost like a comedy show. It's just really ashame that we have government officials who doesn't do their homework before going to this kind of things. Argh. Somehow, I'm happy that I haven't seen it personally, cause I'm sure it would just ruin my whole day.
• Philippines
27 May 10
I watched it for less than an hour and it ruined my week! I agree with your boyfriend, it looked more like a comedy show. It is so pathetic how we can broadcast these kinds of things. Most of the members of the Board were losers in the last election and you can still taste the bitterness of their defeat.
• Philippines
31 May 10
Hahahaha. So it's really a good thing that our cable doesn't offer ANC. hahahah. I was about to question them about it, but now I think I'll just shut up. LOL.
@Rysonia (310)
• United States
27 May 10
Sadly this is an ongoing problem that many countries are dealing with. Older generation politicians are trying to keep up with new technologies by systematically refusing to become educated on the technology. It is actually quite sad. Perhaps making a petition stating that all Legislatures are to be given classes on Modern Technology might help?
• Philippines
27 May 10
Sadly, although your suggestion is really good, I am embarrassed to say that there is a cultural barrier that makes classes on modern technology a waste of money. Our legislators are use to "delegating" their work to their employees. Like in this canvassing, they sent for "resources" on computer, instead of studying themselves. The problem is that they do not even try to understand what their resources are saying and all they want to do is talk, talk, talk without making any sense.
• Philippines
4 Jun 10
Here in the Phippines our Legislators have not enough understanding about technology. They want to make election more faster and credible. They passed this automated election bill and sad to know they are the one who would not understand the process which in the reality they made this bill. Its fun to watch and also disappointing between the Legislators and IT personnel or computer experts they would not understand each other, an IT experts used terminology about the technology which our legislators can't understand. As what happened to Cong. Teddy Boy Locsin and IT expert of Smartmatics.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
28 May 10
grandstanding as usual, they are pretending to know a lot but in the end is shows their foolishness, other are riding on the idea that gullible masses would bite the idea that the latest automated election is tampered with fraudulent and cheating acts. To raise and idiotic army that would rally behind them, and make their cause a worthwhile but fooling the masses that the losers are cheated. some congressman are just what they are, not qualified because even their IQ cannot help them understand simple logic.