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Palace welcomes TRAIN suit in SC

  • Written by EMontano, Camille P. Balagtas
  • Published in Nation
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OPPOSITION solons are welcome to question ratification of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill before the Supreme Court.

“Well, it’s up to [Bayan Muna party-list Representative] Carlos Zarate kung saan niya gusto dalhin. Karapatan naman niya ‘yan as a congressman. He represents a certain sector of our society,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said yesterday.

Zarate and ACT party-list Representative Antonio Tinio have said they will question the TRAIN bill’s ratification before the high court, claiming it was railroaded by President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in Congress.

But, you know, ang mahalaga ho dito ay pumasa na ho ito sa Senado at ganun din po diyan sa lower House, and then if he wants to question it, then let the magistrates decide for themselves if his questions are really valid,” he added.

On  the last day of session before Congress’ holiday break, majority members of the Senate and House of Representatives ratified the TRAIN bill despite militant solons’ objection over an apparent lack of quorum.

Zarate said the measure’s approval was “railroaded” and that it was “anti-people.”

Angara defends TRAIN
    
Sen. Edgardo Angara also welcomed critics of TRAIN saying that they are free to question it before the Supreme Court but maintained that TRAIN is relevant and a necessity.
    
Angara denied the allegations that the bill was railroaded to please Malacanang and said the overwhelming support of both Houses is enough proof that the allegations are wrong.
    
Angara is the sponsor of the TRAIN measure in the Senate.