How about a marriage proposal…at a budget deliberation?
It seemed that lawmakers never seemed to run out of antics to keep the nation entertained. In a recent budget hearing in the House of Representative, Magdalo Cong. Ashley Acedillo ‘broke the ice’ by proposing marriage to her fiancée whilst in the middle of the deliberation.
Congressmen were surprised when Acedillo ‘rose to the occasion’ thru a manifestation that formally ask his girlfriend to marry him, with a bouquet of roses and an engagement ring to match, dropped to his knees and enter the plea;
‘Ms. Ma. Paz Ignacio Ocampo, will you please do me the honor…that please be my wife?’
Rep. Acedillo, an ex-Magdalo coup plotter, and a member of Makabayan (a militant bloc), was not disappointed with his proposal as his girlfriend, Paz Ocampo, who was seated in the VIP section said yes.
The response was even put on record as prompted by the excited Asedillo;
‘Please put on record, yes daw!’
The Lower House is in haste to approve the 2014 national budget that will saw, yet again, the approval of, according to ACT Rep. Antonio Tinio, P25.2 Billion congressional and around P964 Billion presidential pork barrel.
Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales III suspended the session for a short time after the ‘proposal’, to give the couple some time to savour the moments.
Two Congressman almost come to blows
In related news, two congressman was involved in a heated altercation while deliberating the approval of 2014 ARMM budget.
ABAKADA Rep. Jonathan De La Cruz and QC rep. Kit Belmonte ‘almost come to blows’ as described by Rep. Tinio, after De La Cruz was denied from questioning the ARMM budget allocations.
This came when the De La Cruz expressed intentions to ask why funds are allocated for a ‘failed experiment’ in reference to the on-going peace negotiations with MILF.
“So why are we giving money to a failed experiment? Why are we funding a failed experiment? That is the issue!’
However, Rep. Jonathan De La Cruz dismissed the incident and Rep. Tinio’s description of it as ‘too dramatic’. He told the reporters that;
‘My voice just got loud because I was very concerned about what could be done…Perhaps he (Belmonte) was just cranky because they were rushing to finish the budget.
Apparently, the two lawmakers disagreed as to who should interpellate first because de La cruz insisted that he registered as early as 01:00 AM while Belmonte, one of the floor leaders, contended as the first one to arrive.