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Senate sessions resume today, but legislative work doubted By Angie M. Rosales 05/31/2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Senate sessions resume today, but legislative work doubted

By Angie M. Rosales

The Senate is set to resume sessions today, when it is expected to take up and approve some remaining pending bills.

But Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. doubts whether plenary proceedings will prove to be productive at all considering that those listed in the Senate’s agenda are non-controversial measures, mostly on the mere creation of schools.

Contained in a notice for the session issued by Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is the Senate’s scheduled approval on third reading of five proposals in the upper chamber and another five from the lower House.

Pimentel said apparently Zubiri was asked by friends of the latter in the House of Representatives to prioritize for approval certain pending bills in the Senate.

“The problem is the moment you accede to any request for the approval of certain bills or resolutions, even if they are non-controversial, this could trigger similar requests from other lawmakers for the approval of other measures. But we may not have the time to act on pending bills since we are pressed for time to canvass the votes and proclaim the new President and Vice President before June 30,” the minority leader said.

Pimentel said he initially discussed this matter with Sen. Joker Arroyo, who told him he was not in favor of putting the pending bills on the Senate’s agenda for today’s session.

He said the report on the National Broadband Network-ZTE deal has already been overtaken by the Ombudsman’s move to elevate to the Sandiganbayan its decision to file graft charges against former Commission on Elections Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. and former National Economic and Development Authority Director General and now Social Security System Administrator Romulo Neri.... MORE    

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