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Senate  OKs new Road Board abolition bill

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 04:27 PM January 22, 2019

 

 

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MANILA, Philippines – Within just three minutes, the Senate unanimously adopted on   Tuesday  a new version of  a bill that will abolish the graft-tainted Road  Board.

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The new version of  House Bill  No. 7436  was approved by  the House  of Representatives on third and final reading and was  later transmitted to the Senate.

READ:House OKs Road Board abolition bill on final reading

After  informing  the Senate  that it  received  the bill  from the House,  Senate  Majority Leader  Juan Miguel  Zubiri  moved   to reconsider  the  upper chamber’s earlier approval   of  the previous   version   of the measure.

On September 12, 2018,  the Senate  adopted  the first version  of  the bill approved by the House.

But the House later recalled its approval.

When no senator objected  to  his motion, Zubiri proceeded with a new motion, this  time, for the adoption  of the new version of   HB 7436.

No senators also  objected  to  Zubiri’s second motion.

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With the Senate’s adoption of the new bill,   there is no longer need for the two chambers to meet in the bicameral conference committee.

Zubiri  said the  measure will be sent  to President Rodrigo Duterte  for signature hopefully by next week or at the latest, first week of February.
Aside from the abolition of the board,  the new  bill provides that all monies collected   from the road user’s tax will be remitted to the National Treasury under a special account in the General Fund.
The   fund,  under the bill, would be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair, and rehabilitation  of roads, bridges and road drainage  to included in the annual General Appropriations Act. / gsg

READ:Senate, House leaders agree on ‘short and simple’ Road Board bill amendments

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