MANILA, Philippines – Congress leaders aim for “immediate approval” of four initial priority bills at the start of the 18th Congress.

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said both the House of Representatives and the Senate want to prioritize the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers, postponement of the May 2020 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections, implementation of the 5th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) for civilian state employees, and granting of free legal assistance to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

President Rodrigo Duterte cited these pet bills among others during his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July.

Romualdez clarified, however, that the list is not yet final. “Let’s wait for the official communication from the Palace about the final list of priority legislative measures it would be submitting to Congress. [This is] just the initial list. In the meantime, we agreed to pursue these as our common priority measures,” he said.

The Leyte 1st District congressman also shared that they are “eyeing zero veto for all bills to be approved by the Senate and the House.” By working closely with Senate officials and Cabinet members, the Congress aims to avoid a Presidential veto. (HGBH/LMO)

Photo from Martin Romualdez Facebook page

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