Why is the President should be credited for the bills he signed?

Several bills were brought to life by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recently. An example of which is the extended maternity leave he recently signed into law.
President Rodrigo Duterte signing some of the bills / Photo credit to the owner

Some people are not happy that the President has been given credit to this achievement. Some posts in Facebook saying how this victory for expectant mothers should be credited to Senator Risa Hontiveros and the Gabriela party who has been lobbying for this bill for years.

However, many people who are in support of the president defends and explain how he should be credited for this victory.

It was more than just signing

Angel Abella made it a point to get her thoughts across regarding this issue of the president taking credit for signing bills he did not author.

Through a Facebook post, Abella explained how the president’s signature bear a lot of weight politically.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from PTV News

She explains how him signing is a strategic and political move for the president. It signifies what causes he supports and what movements to encourage.

She says that by virtue, it could be easy for the president to just sign anything. But of course, the president just does not do this in haste even if logic dictates that the more bills he signs, the more people will be happy.

All about the money

Abella says that it is also about budget. Which is why the president takes care in choosing which bills deserves a portion of the national budget.

Remember the resources are finite and that the president should be careful in allocating these resources to programs and causes that truly will benefit the Filipino people.

Signing a bill means the enactment of that bill. Abella says that once the president’s signature is on that piece of paper, he bears with him a responsibility ad well to see that bill into fruition.

She says that it then becomes a co-responsibility of the president and its authors.

President didn’t take credit anyway

Despite of her lengthy explanation, Abella concludes that the president did not take credit anyway.

It is the Filipino people who took it upon themselves to thank the president for caring enough for the Filipino people to give them the programs they deserve.

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"To the smart alecks who think that the President shouldn't be credited for the bills he has signed into law...

You have never played strategic, political video games, have you?

Ah well, there was one who did all the time, but it seems he sucks with strategy in real life.
I digress.

Let me break down to you the weight of what each signature, on to that piece of paper, bears.

Each signature speaks volumes of what a President strongly advocates and upholds for his constituents. But... if that's the case, a President can just choose to be trigger-happy when it comes to signing bills into laws right? And get massive credit for it at the end of the day?

If only that's how easy it is.

You guys are forgetting the most important part when bills are enacted into law: budget.

And by just how much praise he is getting for signing these bills, the President will also be held accountable for when budget lacks for when these laws are enacted.

(This is why, ladies and gents, the TRAIN Law also had to be immediately acted on, and, specifically, the Sin Tax Bill needs immediate approval from Senate to rev up our Universal Health Care Law.)

This is notwithstanding the fact that you have to contend with Congress, with Senate, inputs from extreme parts of the spectrum with regard to that bill to be signed. This is why it takes DECADES AND MANY ADMINISTRATIONS AFTER to sign a bill into law because of contentions and delays brought about by inputs and arguments between legislatures, between people who co-authored the bill, people who are against the bill and everyone else in between.

The President can choose to care less about bills he is about to sign into; however, we can find even find him certifying very important bills as urgent.

The President can also easily veto or reject a bill if, even personally, it displeases friends, the business sector, his sponsors, etc. Take that 105-day expanded maternity bill for instance, I'm sure not a lot of businessmen were happy about this.

Now, the people who do author these bills can actually choose to be trigger-happy in creating such. This is why we can see some laughable ones having been churned out in the past (let me see now... anti-planking bill, anti-selfie bill, no helmet bill...) The weight these guys bear on their shoulder, on the other hand, is how effective enough can they champion their own bills all the way to when it finally becomes a law. This is when credit should truly be given due to them.

So different responsibilities fall on both authors and signatory, but the heavy burden lies on the latter, the Commander-in-Chief, as he is accountable for said laws' implementation and if there is enough budget to enact said laws. Labas na dyan ang legislative body except for when they need to do checks and balances na in the implementation.

Funny thing is, though, never did the President take credit for when he signed these laws. As a matter of fact, for every signature, added burden yan sa kanya! Nakaka-trigger lang na pinapamukha na namang tanga ang mga supporters for their passionate support for the President, a strong support that is in the right place naman.

Guys, hindi ako ganun katalino (no, seriously, these are just thoughts on top of my head) but naman, THIS is a no-brainer supposedly for the likes of you guys complaining.

All else, and to everyone else, have a happy long weekend!"

Source: Angel Abella | Facebook
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