Ledac meeting expected soon after 'bill-vetoing spree' – Villanueva | Inquirer News

Ledac meeting expected soon after ‘bill-vetoing spree’ – Villanueva

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 04:50 PM August 02, 2022
12th PRESIDENT OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM: Majority Leader Joel Villanueva salutes former President Fidel V. Ramos, who died Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the Makati Medical Center. Villanueva said the country’s 12th president ushered the nation into the new millennium “through his vision of the Philippines 2000 as a newly industrialized country.” It was Ramos who signed into law Republic Act No. 7796 which established Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in 1994. “His signature jump and the tens of push-ups he made even in his twilight years demonstrated that Filipinos are not weak or small people... And it’s true enough that President Ramos was able to match his mantra and agility with economic performance,” Villanueva said during Monday's plenary session August 1, 2022. (Bibo Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB)

FILE PHOTO: Majority Leader Joel Villanueva proceeds to manage the business of the Senate Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Tasked to schedule the day-to-day business on the plenary floor, Villanueva, in consultation with the majority bloc, has an important role in shaping the chamber’s overall legislative agenda. (Bibo Nuevaespana/ Senate PRIB)

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.

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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.

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(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.

READ: Zubiri: Veto power puts’ unnecessary strain’ between Palace, legislators

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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