Senate passes 11 bills


Senate session hall. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Monday made up for lost time and passed 11 bills.

The Senate bills passed on third and final reading were:

*Senate Bill No. 3164 amending the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Act;

*Senate Bill No. 3206, or the act recognizing the early years from zero to age eight as the first crucial stage of educational development, strengthening the Early Childhood Care and Development Council and renaming the day care center as Child Development Center;

*Senate Joint Resolution No. 14 which seeks to extend the life of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Dangerous Drugs (COCDD) to 10 more years;

*Senate Bill No. 3209, otherwise known as the “Red Cross and other Emblems Act of 2012” which penalizes misuse of the Red Cross logo;

*House Bill No. 5608, also known as the “Reapportioning of the Province of Palawan into Three Legislative Districts” and six franchise bills for the construction, operation and maintenance of radio and television broadcasting stations in the country.

The AFP modernization Act amendment bill, which aims to rectify flaws of its predecessor and introduce a more efficient and cost-effective implementation of the program, was approved with 21 affirmative votes, zero negative votes and zero abstention.

Included in the amendments is the cutting down of the procurement process from 29 stages to two assessment levels in addition to the actual procurement and contracting stages.

Meanwhile, the six House bills on the radio and television stations in the country – House Bill Nos. 4379, 4668, 5574, 5613, 5492 and 5491- were collectively sponsored by Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, chair of the Committee on Public Services.

HBN 4379 granted a radio and television broadcasting franchise to the Reliance Broadcasting Unlimited Inc., while HBN 557 approved the operation of telecommunication systems to Telecommunications Technology Solutions Inc. and the TV Maria Foundation Philippines, a Catholic organization, to operate several television stations.

Meanwhile, HBN 5491 and HBN 4668 allowed the Nueva Vizcaya State University and the Cultural Foundation of Davao to operate broadcasting stations in their respective regions, and HBN 5613 emended the Franchise of Wi-Tribe Telecoms Inc., which allows them to continue operations for the next 25 years.

The Senate approved the bills just days before the sine die adjournment.

The Senate had a long list of bills pending for approval due to time constraints brought about by the 44-day impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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  • rosamistika16

    1.  Can congress re-write a bill regarding SALN to make it clear and understandable to everyone even to an ordinary citizen like me?

    2.  Can congress also repel the foreign currency deposit law or re-write it clearly in order to make it simple and not in conflict with other existing laws like that of SALN?

    3.  Can congress also make a bill that no one who already served higher post could file candidacy for any government or public post which is lower than what he/she already held?

    example: the case of GMA from President to congressman – nakakahiya!

    4. Can congress also make a law that when an elected person already served his/her 3 consecutive terms to office, never that he/she could file candidacy again for the same post?

    example:  I already serve 3 consecutive terms as mayor then i will only wait for another term to pass (or i will let my spouse to file candidacy for one term) then next election i will file a candidacy for mayoralty again! – this usually happen to big cities in MM – eto ang dahilan kung bakit hindi nawawala ang mga goons at korapsyon sa municipal level pa lang.

    yan lng muna ang gusto ko sanang maipasa nyo sa lower and upper house! SALAMAT PO!

  • UsoUso82

    the nation is budgeting 90M CDF for each Senator and 40Mpesos for Congressman. at least meron performance report ang Senate but the Cabinet has nothing to report for the people. because they meet only every 4 months. totally, if we have a parliamentary form of governance, we can reduce the CDF cost by at least 23x(90-40) 1.38Bpesos annually, since SEnators will just become Congressman. Is it not good for the nation?

    • PHforFEDREP

       I agree to that. lets call our nation and lets have a concon for the creation of federal state

      • Karabukov

        Federal is different from parliamentary form of government. I agree with Usouso that a parliamentary government will save money but not just because there will be no more more expensive senators. There is more accountability in government because the system allows for no-confidence vote on the prime minister while the latter can dissolve the parliament and submit any major conflicts directly to the people through elections. Term limits are less necessary and a good prime minister can have longer terms as long as he has the confidence of the people but can be ousted more easily if he does not. In a federal system gridlocks can occur if the federal states oppose the central government or if the legislative has a different party from that of the president. That cannot happen in a parliamentary system.

        Yes, we need a parliamentary form.

  • Atagalong

    See now? One of the provinces of the Visayas, the province of Bohol, has 1,255,000 population. No one among the senators is mentioning about reapportioning its representative district into 4 districts. Another P70 million of PDAF will go a long way.  

  • ray

    nakalimutan na ata ang SALN at waiver

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