Santiago complains on Senate’s inaction on proposed laws

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Saturday, March 1, 2014


SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Saturday lamented that a number of her important bills, including the Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill and the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill, are still languishing in the Senate.

"I am disappointed. Without public clamor, these bills will never see the light of day. The committees to which these bills were referred are sitting on them," Santiago said.

The Anti-Signage of Public Works Bill was referred to the committee of civil service and government reorganization chaired by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, while the Anti-Political Dynasty Bills were referred to the committee on electoral reforms and people's organization, chaired by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.

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Santiago said she has written to both senators requesting for a public hearing on her bills, which, according to the senator, "have been pending in the Senate for a prolonged period of time."

"It would be best for the legislative process to ensure that the bills are at least reported out to the plenary session, considering their wide implications on our political system," she said.

The senator earlier wrote to Senator Ralph Recto, who sits as chairperson of the committee on science and technology, to schedule her proposed Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom (MCPIF). It has been set for hearing on Monday.

The MCPIF seeks to repeal several provisions of the controversial Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which was recently upheld in part by a Supreme Court ruling. (Sunnex)

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