Kimi on different issues

December 4, 2010 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

I rarely have the chance to personally interview 5th district Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco. It’s either I could not get near her during her sorties in the district or I was not allowed by her staff, particularly her girl Friday Dang Manaois and photographer Loejan, saying most of the time that Kimi will not let herself to be interviewed by media men.

Sometimes it is disgusting to hear those words from immediate staff of a highly respectable person, a representative of the people at that and a public figure. Don’t we deserve to have first hand information of what our representative in Congress is doing? Why the cordon sanitaire from those guys? I am sure that Kimi is not aware of this. Former Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco was most of the time accessible to media men. He usually obliged for interview particularly if there were big issues to talk about, mostly within the ambit of his advocacies. But why not Kimi? Why are our efforts to go near her and ask relevant questions stopped? Foremost, I am a resident of the district and second, I am a newsman whose responsibility is to gather news for the information of the public.

Last November 26 just after the oath taking of the barangay officials in Villasis, I requested Loejan to ask Dang Manaois if I could interview Madam Kimi. Loejan said that he already texted Dang about it and the reply was Madam Kimi would not like to be interviewed. Of course, I understood that moment. Madam Kimi was busy having her lunch with the municipal officials of Villasis inside the auditorium’s visitors’ lounge.

But the answer that Madam Kimi “would not like to be interviewed” was not acceptable. No it wasn’t because I have prepared questions for her. Now I know that she’s surrounded with staff “ who are not sensitive to public concerns”. They are concerned with pleasing her . Who will not be? They might lose their job. But tell me Dang, I have not even approached you in the past even during the term of Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco. You have a very unfriendly attitude towards us media men except perhaps some of your close friends in the press.

I have waited that day until I called the attention of Vice Mayor Nilo Costales. I requested the good vice mayor if he could relay to Madam Kimi that I would like to interview her. She obliged without hesitation. I was given the go signal to go inside the lounge. At last, a personal interview with Madam Kimi S. Cojuangco!

Here are the issues raised during the brief interview:

* On reproductive health bill- Kimi said that she signed the endorsement of the said bill. There were no “ifs and buts” she’s pro-reproductive health bill in spite of the controversies it elicited from pro-life advocates.

For the information of my readers, the controversial bill is authored by Rep. Edcel Lagman known as House Bill No. 96 or “Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2010”. The counterpart bill in the Senate is authored by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago known as Senate Bill No. 2370. The said bills have been opposed by the Church leaders saying that it is against the nature of men. However, advocates of the said bill viewed it otherwise. It is said to be the answer in the universal access to reproductive health, comprehensive and rights-based.

* Bataan Nuclear Plant- Kimi said that she filed a bill for the conduct of comprehensive study of the Bataan Nuclear Plant. This was not a far cry from the advocacy of former Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco, but a development of the previous proposal. Mark’s advocacy was to put into operation the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Plant, while Kimi’s version is to have the opinion of international experts, who, she said, are the last bastion whether it will operate it or not.

“We need the opinions of experts on nuclear plants. We (laymen) could not claim the expertise. Even if we want to operate it, there should be experts to tell us that it is safe and good for the Filipino people,” she said. According to her, even Rep. Edcel Lagman, known to be associated with the militant groups, signed her bill/resolution.

* Access to Information bill- This bill is also earning defiance from other groups. The bill promotes transparency of all government financial transactions. Every citizen shall be afforded the right to have access on all information relative to government transactions, including the gathering of documents. It also promotes good governance. Unluckily, Madam Kimi has not yet read the contents of the bill. She said that she will study it and in due time give also her position on it.

Madam Kimi, I would be happy if you could do it earlier. The bill would be a land mark legacy if you will also support it. That will be not only a legacy to media men in country but to all concerned and loving Filipinos for good governance.

Well, going back to Loejan and Dang, no offense meant by mentioning your names in this column. You are the extension of your boss. Whatever actions you project are perceived to be the actions of Madam Kimi. Shalom!

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