In the U.S. whenever a constituent wanted to express his opinion regarding bills or issues in his political district, he would be enjoined to write to his congressman. More so if the constituent would like to know how his congressman stands on the same bills and issues.
I had never written to a congressman, because I had always thought that they would be too busy to answer anyway. My husband works at the House of Representatives, and even he was not too encouraging. However, after having read about Rep. Roilo Golez’s proposal to investigate MMDA Chairman and self-proclaimed presidentiable Bayani Fernando’s enormous tarpaulin banners that have proliferated along EDSA, and having seen the short televsion interview that Rep. Golez gave to GMA news, I felt obliged to thank him for his move.
I found Rep. Golez’s website on Google, as it was not linked from the website of the House of Representatives. At the bottom of his homepage is a link to his email address, and I thought what the heck, I just want to write a note of thanks. I started an email, introducing myself and where I lived, noting that I was not even his constituent (our area fell under Rep. Ed Zialcita), but that I would like to express my sincerest thanks that he has stood up and spoken out about these banners that I considered not only eyesores along the length of EDSA, but are a gross violation of at least two laws that I know of. I included a couple of links to posts I have made on this blog regarding those banners. I also assured him that whatever his plans are for the country in the future, he could count on my support.
I hit the send button and thought nothing of it afterwards. After all I had written several emails to the online newspapers about the same topic and never got any replies. But when I opened my email early this afternoon, this message greeted my eyes:
Of course, we can say that it wasn’t really Congressman Golez who replied to my email, but one of his PR staff, but that doesn’t matter to me. I wrote to Congressman Golez and Congressman Golez wrote back. With a copy of the house resolution that he was going to file!
Of course since the document as stated was still in draft, I cannot post it here, but I will look out for it on the website of the House of Representatives, and I’ve calmly nagged Sam into taking me with him to work one of these days so that perhaps I can meet the man who wrote back, and maybe sit in the gallery when sessions open again next week.
The summary of House Resolution HR00511 can be found here. This is a result from the online query facility at the HOR website.
With the slow process of how resolutions and bills are pushed through the house it may be months before anything of note happens, if at all. One thing I know for sure is that, to paraphrase a GMA 7 newscaster, hindi ko ito tatantanan.