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A nat’l budget for a better life

THE second regular session of the 17th Congress went off to a big start Monday, with the Senate and the House of Representatives holding their opening sessions during which they firmed up their lists of priority bills, before coming together in a joint session to hear President Duterte deliver his second State-of-the-Nation Address.

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.

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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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