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MANILA – The Congress has resumed its sessions and several priority bills are set to be discussed.
Majority Bloc member Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Alfredo Garbin said aside from the Comprehensive Tax Reform package, the two other priority proposed laws of the administration are also expected to progress.
“Lowering the age of criminal responsibility, third is the postponement of the barangay elections, those are the three that will be discussed. These will be immediately referred,” he said.
But for the House Opposition Bloc, there are other more important bills the house leadership should prioritize.
“There are many priority measures that might be delayed if they focused on issues that have no broad consensus [among lawmakers],” AKBAYAN Partylist Rep. Tom Villarin said.
During the recently concluded ASEAN Summit, President Rodrigo Duterte blamed Senator Kiko Pangilinan as the cause for the increase in number of juvenile delinquents in the country.
“That’s what happened to the… The disaster started with Senator Pangilinan. He was the one who copied that legislation from… Because in America, yes they are not in prison, but they are sent to correctional facilities. Here in the Philippines, it was not the same because the legislation failed to provide the remedy after the arrest,” Pres. Duterte said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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