OUT of 744 resolutions calling for inquiries in aid of legislation, only 14 were allowed to be taken up by the respective committees in the House of Representatives.
This is according to administration ally Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, as he stressed that doing away with unnecessary inquiries enabled the House of Representatives to pass all the priority bills of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Salceda said it was the policy direction of Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to do away with unnecessary investigations in aid of legislation.
He added they were instructed by Speaker Arroyo to prioritize the legislative agenda of the President and limit the number of legislative investigations or probes.
Salceda said this enabled lawmakers to concentrate on their real job to create and pass new laws for the benefit of the people.
“We had 744 resolutions for inquiry in aid of legislation, ilan lang pinatulan doon, 14. So we virtually had a suspension, a moratorium on inquiries so we can focus on legislation rather than investigation,” Salceda said.
Salceda added that Speaker Arroyo practiced what he said was “management by sitting in” – she sat in all the committees to make sure differences are settled so that the bills are passed on time.
“Legislation during her time was very efficient. She removed all obstacles in the process of legislation which is a lot of inquiries. Seven hundred forty-four inquiries, e di naubos oras namin. She removed that,” he said.
In less than a year, the House of Representatives passed all of the President’s priority bills, namely, the Organic law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, Coconut Farmers & Industry Development Act, Rice Tariffication Act, Enhanced Universal Healthcare Act, Tax Amnesty Program, Revision of Constitution, National Land Use Act, Creation of Department of Disaster Resilience, End of Endo/Contractualization Act, TRAIN 2 – Trabaho Bill, Fiscal Regime for the Mining Industry, Increase on the Excise Tax on Tobacco Products, Real Property Valuation and Assessment, Traffic Crisis Act, Reform in Capital Income and Financial Taxes, Excise Tax Rates on Alcohol, Lowering of Age of Criminal Liability, Mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Foreign Investments Act, Retail Trade Liberalization Amendments and Public Service Act.