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Belmonte, Suarez fight for minority leadership

Belmonte, Suarez fight for minority leadership

Efforts to unify the opposition in the House of Representatives appeared headed for failure after allies of defeated presidential bets former Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Secretary Mar Roxas decided to slug it out for leadership of the minority bloc in the legislative chamber.

Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV and outgoing House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte have filed similar bills seeking to establish a national identification (ID) system that will be given free to tens of millions of Filipinos.

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Lawmakers are in favor of granting emergency powers to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to effectively address traffic woes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

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OK of RH rules sought

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Minority Leader and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman asked yesterday Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. to immediately release the “rules of engagement“ to hasten the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill in the Lower House.

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Congress must review the country’s external and internal debt and determine measures on how to ease the repayment burden of 94.9 million Filipinos.

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MANILA, Philippines (PNA) — Malacanang expressed elation over the passage of the 2012 national budget by the House of Representatives Friday night, saying this will mean better services to the people, more especially the poor.

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