Friday , June 22, 2018

Train Law to push through despite opposition

THE Republic Act 10963 or the Tax Reform for Advancement and Inclusion (Train) Law will push through even if there are oppositors, particularly the Makabayan bloc, who seek to nullify it.

This is what Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Party-list Representative Jericho Nograles said during an ambush interview on Friday at the Marco Polo Hotel - Davao that this is what has always been the scenario whenever there's a new law passed.

Nograles said although the Makabayan bloc seeks the Supreme Court's comment on its questions regarding the quorum and the procedure during the law's ratification, no one from the members of the super majority has complained.

"So if we're talking about the procedural problem here or anything, nasaan ang umaangal na super majority?" he said.

"As far as I'm concerned, this (the law) happened on December 13, and it's now January 12, we're one month into it and the only ones who are complaining are members outside the majority," he added.

He also stressed that the majority should be the ones to be listened to in a democratic system of government, adding that there was indeed a quorum in the House as they cannot do business without a quorum in the House.

"There have been many instances in the 17th Congress, the 16th Congress and the previous Congresses where the Makabayan bloc questioned these (majority and quorum issues), but I have not seen any reversal," he said.

Although Nograles admitted that he was not present during the Bicameral Conference Committee, he stressed that the process is that after the Bicam creates a report, they agree with each other, then, this report must be ratified by their plenary.

"I-ratify yan ng Senate in plenary, i-ratify yan ng House in plenary. If upon ratification in plenary if they have a quorum, ang tubag nako I'll leave it to the Supreme Court to decide but as far as I'm concerned we have followed the correct procedure and no one in the members of the supermajority is complaining, so kinsa ang naga-complain kana rang Makabayan bloc, kanang opposition," he said.

Nograles stressed that in practicality speaking, since no one from the members of the supermajority questioned the law, the Train Law will push through.

He even continued emphasizing that the Makabayan bloc just wants to be in the limelight again, since the start of the Congress is on January 15 already.

"So unsa ilang tuyo diri? Kunsomo publiko? Konsumo legal? (So what's their point here? Public consumption or legal consumption?)," he said.

If ever anybody wants to stop a law from being implemented, the complaints should be filed earlier for the Temporary Restraining Order, he added.

Meanwhile, Senate President Koko Pimentel, during the same interview, also shared the same view with Nograles saying that as long as there's no decision from the Supreme Court against the Train Law implementation, the law will push through.