ASIDE from calling it “Mabagal na Kapulungan” House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rapped the Senate for not acting on the important measures that were already transmitted by the House of Representatives.
According to Alvarez, 110 bills approved on third and final reading had been forwarded to the Senate at the end of the first regular session.
From July to October this year, 70 bills more were also transmitted but the Senate has not taken action on them either.
“Masisipag ang mga congressman ngayon. Ang problema namin, ang dami na naming naibigay sa mabagal na kapulungan na hanggang ngayon wala pa rin,” Alvarez said in a radio interview.
Asked what are the measures pending Senate action are, he said: “I don’t have the list now, but we will publish it.”
One of these measures is the restoration of the Death Penalty Bill, which majority of the congressmen have supported.
There are reports that many senators are against the return of the death penalty as capital punishment for drug offenses.
Congress is now on session break and will resume work on November 13. It will adjourn anew on Dec. 16, 2017 and reopen on Jan. 14, 2018.
Meanwhile, pending at the House committee on justice is the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
An impeachment complaint is also poised against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.