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Senate, House reveal priorities

The Senate will prioritize the measure proposing amendments to the 1987 Constitution and the Duterte government’s proposed P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018 as it resumes legislative work in the second regular session of the 17th Congress today.

The House of Representatives passed 186 significant legislative measures in the past 83 days of the 17th Congress, one of the more productive series of legislative sessions in the chamber’s history.

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Sen. Cynthia A. Villar has vowed to pursue legislation aimed at balancing the Philippine’s need to increase marine life production and the need to sustain biodiversity of the country’s marine waters in the 17th Congress.

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Bacolod City Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia has expressed hope that his colleagues in the 17th Congress would prioritize the passage of House Bill 6500 seeking to penalize male prostitution.

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More senators yesterday backed the various calls for an intensive debate on the proposals for the reimposition of the death penalty which the Senate is expected to take up immediately upon the opening of the 17th Congress.

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A day after the Senate adjourned and concluded its sessions for the 16th Congress, outgoing senators have started moving out of their offices to pave way for the incoming neophyte and returning senators who will take over in the 17th Congress.

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