SENATOR JV Ejercito hit back at House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for calling the Senate “mabagal na
kapulungan” (slow Congress).
Ejercito tweeted his reaction on Alvarez’s claim.
“It’s because the Senate is a thinking and responsible institution,” retorted Ejercito.
“Excuse me po, Mr. Speaker, hindi po mabagal na kapulungan, kundi nag-iisip, nag-aaral at
responsableng kapulungan ang Senado! #SenatePH,” he added.
In a radio interview, Alvarez hit the Senate for its supposed inaction on certain measures that
the House of Representatives had passed.
“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.
A total of 110 bills have been approved by House lawmakers on third and final reading at the
end of the first regular session.
Asked which bill the Senate had been thoroughly studying, Ejercito said it was the Tax Reform
for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or the tax reform package Malacañang had endorsed. The House
approved TRAIN last May.