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Congress vows to pass more bills

As Congress resumes session today, the House leadership committed yesterday to make the remaining nine-session days count by passing more pro-people bills.

House Majority Leader and reelected Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro said all pending measures will all be treated as “a priority.”

“As maybe warranted by the presence of a quorum, all pending bills for approval, either local or of national significance is a priority,” he said in an interview.

After more than three months of respite to pave way for the midterm polls, the 17th Congress buckles down to work today, May 20, and will adjourn sine die on June 5.

“We are committed to approve more pending measures for as long we can muster a quorum,” Castro said.

At least nine measures are set to approve on third and final reading by the Lower Chamber.

When asked if he would urge the Senate to urgently pass the measures approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading, Castro said, “I will not interfere with the Senate’s thinking in observance of parliamentary courtesy as they, like the House, is only answerable to the people.”

The House of Representatives is awaiting the Senate’s action on the eight measures, which include the Security of Tenure Act, Trabaho Bill or TRAIN 2, Mining Taxes, Alcohol Taxes, Tobacco Taxes and revision of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, House Assistant Majority Leader Michael Romero has urged President to sign into law the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and Magna Carta for the Poor bills.

“Working with our colleagues in the House and the Senate, we placed our mark in these three significant pieces of legislation,” he said. (Charissa Atienza)