DEFENDERS

President Duterte’s allies in the Lower House rallied to his side as his war on drugs is being investigated by a commission of the US Congress.

Ako Bicol Party List Rep. Rodel Batocabe said, “It is their right to speak  for or against any person in this planet inasmuch as we  have the same right too. They also have all the right to protest  president duterte’s visit inasmuch as anyone of us can also protest trump’s visit to the philippines. But at the end of the day, what matters only is the opinion of the Filipino people of their own president. And the same also goes true with trump and the american people.”

PBA Party List Rep. Jericho Nograles said, “We respectfully remind Rep. McGovern and Rep. Speiers of the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934 which is still in force. They should respect Philippine Independence and recognize our sovereignty.We would also like them to read Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act as well the the Philippine Organic Act. I hope they can talk about their own problems and not meddle in our affairs.”

PROPOSED

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is eyeing the approval by the Lower House of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law before yearend.

Alvarez and other congressional leaders received the draft BBL in the Palace last night.

the BBL is meant to operationalize the 2014 peace agreement between the govt and the moro islamic liberation front.

Alvarez told DZMM” itong sa BBL titingnan namin hindi ko pa nababasa yung ano yung draft pero kung wala namang problema sa ating Saligang Batas mabilis lang ito dito sa House of Representatives bago mag-Pasko tapos namin ito. Isasabay na po sa ano yung budget deliberation,”

Congress is expected to receive the proposed 2018 national budget  proposal next week.

ADVISE

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reminds attendees to the forthcoming State of the Nation Address to ditch the grand outfits and opt for business suits.

Alvarez told a radio interview. “ puwedeng ipaalam ko na rin na yung mga imbitado sa SONA ay hindi po kailangan naka-gown tayo, business attire lang pupuwede na po.”

Alvarez says money that will be spent on clothes are better off donated to the relief efforts for Marawi City.” Opo mahal po ang gown, i-donate nalang sa Marawi.”

OICS

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is eyeing the appointment of officers in charge in barangays should Congress be able to postpone the 2017 barangay elections.

Alvarez told radio DZMM earlier that postponing tge elections set this October is a request of the President.” suportado po namin yung Pangulo diyan Ted ano, dahil nga ang naging rason kung bakit ayaw niyang ituloy yung barangay election dahil hindi pa nalilinis totally yung mga barangay officials na kung saan ito ay kasama doon sa illegal drugs, so ang teorya ng ating Pangulo kung magkaka-eleksyon tayo, sila yung may pera, sila pa rin yung mananalo. So ang mangyayari dito Ted, ipo-postpone namin yung barangay election at dun sa hindi na puwedeng holdover so mag-appoint na lang ng OIC, maybe DILG.”

Alvarez explained that the OIC’s can stay in office till an election is held.” Until such time na we will call for an election. Sinasabi namin diyan Ted, kasi ito ang bansa na maya’t-maya eleksyon, bakit hindi na lang puwedeng isabay iyan doon sa local elections? Kasi yung gastos ba ng gobyerno?”

 Alvarez doesnt see the Senate posing major obstacles to the proposal.” Mukhang wala naman pong problema Ted, at naka-usap ko si SP kagabi at sabi ko ay medyo kailangan talagang i-postpone natin yung Barangay election.”

Alvarez says the President will be asked to certify the bill as urgent, so that it can be fast tracked in the legislative mill.