While governments around the world are tightening their belts in this year of recession, the Philippines’ House of Representatives looks bent on increasing public expenditures for the chamber. Members of the House of Representatives want 50 seats added to the chamber. The explanation: a booming population needs a corresponding boom in congressional representation.
So far the Senate does not seem to be keen on adopting the same reasoning to boost its smaller membership. Between the two chambers, it is the House, which has the power of the purse, that should have greater awareness of the need for belt-tightening as the global economy slumps. Perhaps the House is bent on proving to the world what President Arroyo has been crowing about to anyone who cares to listen: due to her competent fiscal management, the Philippine economy is doing relatively well amid the global slowdown. [Read full article...]