PNoy satisfied with action of Congress on Palace-backed proposals

President Benigno S. Aquino III is satisfied with the way Congress is handling the bills he had proposed in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), a Palace official said stressing that most of the said bills are in the advanced stages of legislative deliberations.

In a press briefing on Thursday in Malacanang, members of the media asked Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte about the President’s thoughts on the bills he had pushed for Congressional approval last year when he delivered his SONA.

Some of the bills mentioned in his 2011 SONA include the Kasambahay Bill and the Human Rights Compensation Bill.

Also mentioned by the Chief Executive is his support for the development of the Bureau of Corrections, National Bureau of Investigation, National Eletrification Administration, and PTV 4 for the better fulfillment of their mandates.

Out of 32 remaining bills, 22 of them are in advanced stages of deliberations, Valte said adding that the congressional bicameral committee has recently passed the Data Privacy Act.

“Mukhang marami namang pumasa na sa House. More than 10 have passed the House on third reading. So OK naman yung progress. We are cognizant of the legislative process that the bills have to go through,” Valte said.

With regards the Legislative Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting, Valte said that while LEDAC has not been meeting this year, the Palace is in close coordination with both houses of Congress.

Both the executive and legislative branches have been closely working together as evidence by the swift passage of the two anti-money laundering measures that needed to be passed to avoid being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Valte said.#