Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in final push for Duterte bills

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

WITH only a few days left before the adjournment of Congress sine die, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made a last appeal to the Senate to prioritize the legislative agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a letter sent to Senate President Tito Sotto, Speaker Arroyo said the House of Representatives she said she is looking forward to the action of the Senate on 11 priority bills which are still pending in the Upper Chamber.

These 11 remaining priority bills were already passed by the House on second and third reading and await the action of the Senate.

“As for the eleven pending bills on the President’s priority legislative agenda, we await the action of the Senate and stand ready to adopt the Senate version in the interest of speedy legislation,” she said.

Among these measures are Lowering the age of criminal liability; Security of Tenure Act; National Land Use Act; Department of Disaster Resilience Act; Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities; An Act Establishing the Fiscal Regime for the Mining Indystry; An Act Amending the Excise Tax on Alcohol Products; An Act Increasing the Excise Tax Rate on Tobacco Products; An Act Intitutig Reforms in Real Property Valuation and Assessment in the Philippines; Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act of 2019; Resolution Proposing the Revision of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines.

Speaker Arroyo also pointed out that the House re-introduced a bill on the creation of the Coconut Industry Trust Fund which she hopes will “conform more to the policy direction of the Executive and thus constitutes our main priority for our last three weeks’ work in the House of Representatives.