Senate, Congress to pass 14 priority bills

UNTV News and Rescue

MANILA — The Senate and the House of Representatives agree to approve this month several important legislations.

These include the proposed free internet access in public areas; affordable tuition and the extension of the validity of passports and driver license; the imposition of stiffer punishment to hospitals refusing to accept patients that cannot pay a deposit; the imposition of community service to violators instead of imprisonment for one up to 30 months; amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, and prohibiting land conversion of irrigated lands among others.

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“Ang target namin dito pag naipasa in May so the President can sign this into law para pang SONA natin ni Presidente para batas na ito,” said House majority floor leader Rep. Rudy Fariñas. (Our target is to pass these bills in May so the President can sign these into law. This is for the President’s SONA, so these have already been passed into law.)

The Congress aims to pass into law before the end of 2017 the bill that seeks to reimpose death penalty, the bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility, the proposed barangay election postponement and the tax reform bill. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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