EXTENDED

After a marathon joint session that took most of Saturday, Congress has voted to extend President Duterte’s proclamation of martial law in Mindanao till the end of the year as he requested.

16 senators voted  in favor, 4 against.

245 congressmen voted in favor, 14 no.

since the 1987 constituton requires joint voting, the votes of the senators and congressmen were summed up. in Total, 261 voted in favor,  18  voted against. this is much more than the 158 needed to carry the motion. Continue reading

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.”