‘Bongbong’ hosts House aces

The President pushed for the budget modernization bill, which he said would strengthen fiscal discipline in the allocation and use of budget resources.

September 11, 2022

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. met at the Malacañang Palace with select lawmakers of the House of Representatives, who pledged support to his administration’s legislative agenda.

In a social media post of Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez, it was disclosed that the chief executive convened House members on 9 September.

“Rep. Rodriguez expressed his gratitude to PBBM for the invitation and pledged to support him in his legislative agenda,” the post read.

It added that the two had a brief conversation where the senior lawmaker thanked the President for “his pronouncements on the areas of tourism development, infrastructure projects, and the security of the exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.”

Rodriguez, a legal luminary, is among the lawmakers who argued during one Justice panel hearing that the Presidential Commission on Good Government has “failed” in its primary mandate of recovering the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcos family, thus the office must be abolished.

Aside from Rodriguez, present in the meeting were Leyte Rep. Richard Gomez, Nueva Ecija Rep. Ria Vergara, San Jose del Monte City Rep. Rida Robes, Laguna 2nd district Rep. Ruth Mariano-Hernandez, and Laguna 1st district Rep. Ann Matibag.

The Daily Tribune asked some lawmakers about the agenda of the meeting but to no avail.

19 bills endorsed

In his maiden State of the Nation Address, Marcos urged Congress to pass 19 legislative measures, including proposing to rightsize the government to ensure optimal and efficient use of public resources.

The President pushed for the budget modernization bill, which he said would strengthen fiscal discipline in the allocation and use of budget resources.

He likewise pushed for the valuation reform bill, passive income and financial intermediary taxation act, e-government act, e-commerce law, and government financial institutions unified initiatives to distressed enterprises for economic recovery, among others.


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