Legislative mill will grind on –– lawmakers

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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TWO House leaders assured the public that work in the House of Representatives will not be stalled by
the hearings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

In a press conference, Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia and Sharon Garin said the House will
remain focused on passing its remaining legislative priorities for the year.
The House of Representatives yesterday resumed session after a month-long break.
Meanwhile, the House committee on justice will resume tomorrow the impeachment hearing on
Sereno’s case filed by Atty. Larry Gadon.
Garin said they do not anticipate the other committees to be stagnant just because the
committee on justice will be busy acting on the impeachment complaint against Sereno.
“We have 56 standing committees that are very active. In fact, despite having finished the
(2018) budget early which was time-consuming, we also have finished the tax reform (bill) here in the
House at the same time. So even if we have the impeachment (proceedings), it does not mean everything
stops,” Garin said.
Garin said the House remains on track with its legislative agenda, and has approved seven of
its nine priority measures.
The seven priority bills approved on third and final reading by the House are the 
Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (HB 5636); Utilization of the Coconut Levy Fund (HB 7545); United
National (ID) Identification System Act (HB 6621); Strengthening the Balik-Scientist Program (HB
65792); Occupational Safety and Health Standards Compliance Act (HB 64); Enhanced Universal Health
Care Act (HB 5784); and Amendments to the Public Service Act.
Garin identified the six bills in the House-Senate Common Legislative Priorities as the Free
School Feeding Act; Expanded Local Absentee Voting Act; Estate Tax Reform Act; One Town, One Doctor
Act; Amendments to Anti-Hazing Law; and Department of Disaster Response Act.