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Monday, May 26, 2014
LEADERS of both houses of Congress met on Monday to assure the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic law, 2015 national budget and other priority measures before the year ends.
Marikina City Representative Miro Quimbo said House and Senate leaders are hoping that Malacañang will submit very soon the draft Bangsamoro law, which is still being scrutinized by President Benigno Aquino III.
“Both leaders of the Congress have assured that we can meet the deadline to pass the Bangsamoro Basic law and next year’s national budget,” Quimbo said.
The chairman of the House committee on ways and means noted that lawmakers will deliberate the Bangsamoro Basic Law with caution so that it will pass constitutional test.
“The deliberations could be later but this system will make the proposed law more legally stronger and not infirm. We are also hoping that Malacañang will submit the draft law as soon as possible because the budget season will eat up a big bulk of our time,” Quimbo said.
He said lawmakers met in a hotel in Quezon City to list down their priority bills.
Those who attended the meeting were Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Representative Neptali Gonzales II (Mandaluyong City), House Minority Leader Ronaldo Zamora (San Juan), Senate President Franklin Drilon, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto III.
Quimbo said the Senate maintained its earlier position to just wait until such time the House of Representatives passed Belmonte’s Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 1, which proposes amendments to the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for greater foreign participation in businesses and ownership of properties in the country.
He said both Belmonte and Drilon have expressed support to the anti-political dynasty bill and some vital education and health measures.
But Quimbo said controversial freedom of information (FOI) bill, which remains pending in the technical working group of the House committee on public information, was not discussed in the meeting.
The Senate passed its own version of the FOI bill on March 10. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)