The politics of walkout and boycott

It is not surprising to hear reports that some senators and party-list representatives will boycott the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo on 27th. Boycott as well as walkout have spiced-up Philippine politics for generations. Walkout even triggered mass uprising.

Isn’t it common to hear senators and congressmen who walkout at a middle of hearing or investigation because they are not given what they wanted? In 13th and 14th congress of Philippine Senate, walkout is very common. One senator even cried because of her conflict with a senior senator. Now I can safely conclude that some senators are immature.

Reports said, Senators Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Benigno Aquino III, and Manuel Roxas will avoid the SONA.

Walkout and boycott are signs of protest. These senators who announced that they will not be attending the Senate’s opening session and the SONA are protesting against the present administration. I respect them if that is their political stand.

However, by not attending the session, these senators are showing to the Filipino people their political and leadership immaturity. They don’t want to listen to the President simply because the President is not their ally. Besides, these senators are believing that by doing so, they will get commendation for siding people on streets. On the contrary, people are dismayed because these senators ignore their primary responsibility – actively participating in government official activities.

I think these senators must attend the session to fulfill their duties and responsibilities and to make them appear politically mature. Senators won’t die listening. All they have to do is to listen. They may express their analysis and commentaries later. I think that is not difficult.

How can these senators get a balanced perspective of national issues when they don’t even know how to listen to the other side?

I think Senators Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel Jr., Benigno Aquino III, and Manuel Roxas are politicking and doing the wrong move.

Blog authored by batang buotan: (Link opens in new window)

3 thoughts on “The politics of walkout and boycott

  1. tingin ko naman they are not politically immature dahil nag-walkout or boycott sila sa SONA. i don’t think magiging senador sila kung wala man lang silang semblance ng political sense. as it turns out, binanatan lang din naman sila ni PGMA sa SONA. so put themselves in the crossline kung alam naman nilang gagawin lang namang pulpito ni PGMA ang SONA para mabigwasan sila. lastly, philippine politics is not talking about the issue…it’s way too personal. kaya nga patronage politics pa sa bansa.

  2. they do boycott the SONA but then they hear and hear, analyze and analyze it anyway para makakita ng pwedeng ibatikos sa presidente.

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