Ledac meeting expected soon after ‘bill-vetoing spree’ – Villanueva
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang will soon convene the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) to tackle the administration’s priority measures, Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva disclosed Tuesday.
According to Villanueva, they were informed that the Ledac would be convened in the next week or two.
This is a “welcome development,” he said, noting the number of measures earlier vetoed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – dubbed as a “bill-vetoing spree” by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
“Ito ay pinag-usapan so in the next week or two, magtatawag na,” Villanueva said in an interview at the Senate.
(This has been talked about so in the next week or two, a meeting will be called)
To prepare for the Ledac meeting, the Majority Leader said Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri had requested every senator to submit their priority measures so they could synchronize and tackle them there.
Villanueva said Zubiri would also suggest to Malacañang that all 24 senators should be invited at least to the first meeting of Ledac.
“We don’t want a repeat of what happened before and you know the past three weeks, ang daming na-veto so ‘yun ang isa rin sa concern ng bawat isa (so many bills were vetoed so that is one of the concerns of each member),” he said.
“Hindi madaling tanggapin kapag ganun (It’s not easy to accept). When you work really hard for a specific measure – you hear this, you debate on this on the floor, you consult and it takes so much time and of course government resources,” the Majority Leader pointed out.
Villanueva, however, noted that the convening of Ledac is important not only because of the “series of veto messages” Congress has been getting but because they also have to tackle the 19 priority bills that Marcos Jr. himself mentioned in his first State of the Nation Address.
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