Jairus Bondoc’s article Shame the corrupt, reward informants
The Comelec has entangled itself in a legal mess. Last June 23 all its seven commissioners in en banc proclaimed Kasangga to have won a seat in the congressional party-list voting. As such, they authorized the party’s qualified nominee Teodorico T. Haresco to sit as representative for a three-year term. So Haresco, with some other reps, took his oath of office on June 30 before P-Noy.
Comes the knotty part. Last week three of the commissioners, sitting as one of two divisions, said that Haresco is not marginalized as the small and medium entrepreneurs he represents. This is because he has a “long list of businesses.” But of course Haresco has several ventures. That’s because he grew his initial capital many times over in the last three decades. In the process he formed Kasangga to microfinance dozens of cooperatives — of market vendors, farmers, tricycle drivers, masseurs, and handicraftsmen.
Just because Haresco has more money in his pocket doesn’t mean he cannot represent the little folk he has led for years. If that were the rule, then labor sector reps in Congress cannot sit for workingmen since they are not laborers but full-time union administrators.