After watching the interview, I asked my self, What is the job of a Senator of the Philippines. Why Alma Moreno wanted this position?
I found out that these are some of the things you need to know about a Senator of the Philippines.
1. A Senator has the power to make laws and to alter or repeal them.
2. No Senator shall serve for more than 2 consecutive terms.
Their term of office is 6 years, commencing (unless otherwise provided by law) at noon, 30 June next following their election.
3 Any person who wants to be a Senator must meet the following qualifications:
At least 35 years old on the day of the election
Able to read and write
A registered voter and
Philippine resident for at least 2 years immediately preceding the day of the election.
4. A Senator cannot be arrested while Congress is “in session” with respect to offenses punishable by up to 6 years of imprisonment.
The immunity is only with respect to arrests and not to prosecution for criminal offenses.
5. A Senator can not be questioned or held liable in any forum other than his/her respective Congressional body for any debate or speech in the Congress or in any Committee thereof.
Now I understand why A Senator can say whatever he/she wants even if it offends other people because they can not be held liable say for libel.
6. A Senator can be expelled from office when 2/3 of all Senators concurs.
7. A Senator has a Salary Grade of 33. Salary Grade 33 has an equivalent rate of P35,000. A Senator receives just P35,000 a month salary.
But a Senator who is a chairman, vice chairman or member of a committee receives a monthly amount of cash higher than their monthly salary.
Every Senator is either a chairman, vice chairman, or member of a committee.
8. A Senator shall not be considered resigned upon the filing of his certificate of candidacy for the same or any other elective office or position.
A Senator has a 6 years term, right? on the 3rd year of his/her term, for instance, he/she runs for President or Vice President and lost, he/she is still a Senator and he/she will serve the remaining 3 years of his/her 6 years term.
While any person holding a public appointive office or position like Mar Roxas of the DILG, including active members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other officers and employees in government-owned or controlled corporations, shall be considered resigned from his office upon the filing of his certificate of candidacy.