A visit to the Congress of the Philippines – whatever the purpose – is
both educational and amusing. At the session hall, one observes that
the activities are dull. Rep. Satur Ocampo is delivering a privileged speech, lambasting the administration’s accommodation of US troops in the country. Mr. Ocampo is cool in delivering his statement, but the message is hot.
Unfortunately, only a handful of fellow legislators are listening. Many
of the legislators are outside the hall, and they return to the session
hall only when the roll call is made. For those in the hall, they seem
bored, and this boredom is infectious.