Grace, Loren, Nancy back Miriam on SONA uniform

by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 23 2013 07:01 PM | Updated as of Jul 24 2013 11:45 PM

MANILA - Some female senators support Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's plan to file a resolution prescribing a uniform for lawmakers attending the State of the Nation Address.

In a statement on Tuesday, Santiago decried what she described as lawmakers' "obsession to bling" in wearing expensive clothes and jewelry, citing a civil code provision that prohibits extravagance among public officials especially in times of great need.

"Okay lang sa akin na naka-uniform," said Sen. Grace Poe, who admitted finding it hard to decide what gown to wear during the SONA. "It doesn't take away anything from me if it happens."

Sen. Loren Legarda also agrees with Santiago's proposal, but added that the uniform should have a touch of indigenous culture.

She suggested that the resolution include a provision mandating lawmakers to wear outfits made of native materials and designs, which she said are cheap. During the SONA, Legarda wore a hand-me-down Bagobo skirt and T'boli belt.

She calls it "fashionalism," a hybrid of fashion and nationalism.

"Hindi ka kailangang gumastos nang malaki para maging attractive, para maging maganda," she told reporters.

"You can make a statement by wearing something authentic, something old, something meaningful, something relevant."

Sen. Nancy Binay, meanwhile, said she would like to study Santiago's proposal.

She agreed, however, with the context behind Santiago's suggestion. "Baka nga kasi mas naha-highlight kung ano ang suot ng mga uma-attend sa SONA. Siguro this is high time din to bring back the focus sa kung ano ba talaga ang pakay natin kung bakit tayo nagso-SONA at hindi para mapag-usapan kung ano ang aming mga susuoting damit."