Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ) – Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino has had a relatively long political career. Prior to his election as head of state, he was a member of the Congress — as Representative of his native Tarlac province from 1998 to 2007, and as Senator from 2007 to 2010.
Throughout his years in the Legislative body, Aquino focused on the fiscalizing role of a legislator. He felt that there were already too many laws, and good ones at that, but they seemingly lacked proper implementation. He concentrated on crafting laws that would help create opportunity rather than impose additional burdens to those who are already disadvantaged. He actively took part in budget deliberations to ensure that government initiatives do address the plight of the people who need help the most.
Recently, there were reports that his administration’s staff were aggressively lobbying for his nomination for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The Adobo Chronicles previously reported that the Nobel Prize Nominating Committee informed the Philippines that Aquino could not be considered for the Prize on moral grounds — his being a chain smoker.
Realizing that Aquino’s chances are anywhere from slim to nothing, his allies in Congress have passed a joint resolution presenting him with a special award — the first Philippine Congressional No Bill Prize.
The prestigious award is in recognition of his many years as a legislator, during which none of the bills he authored or initiated passed Congress.
“It’s the closest thing to a Nobel Prize that he could possibly get,” the resolution said.