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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.

WHEN the House of Representatives started organizing itself at the start of the new Duterte administration, many congressmen of the Liberal Party, the majority party in the Aquino administration, moved to join the new administration party PDP-Laban.

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The bill allowing medically-assisted death was passed Friday, and the Senate rejected an amendment which would have suspended a section of the bill requiring that a patient’s death be “reasonably foreseeable,” The National Post newspaper said.

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Two weeks before he steps down from office, President Aquino has vetoed two bills, the condonation of unpaid taxes of local water districts and the comprehensive nursing law.

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HARDLY noticed in the welter of stories on more current events was the report last Friday that the Senate Blue Ribbon report on the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the congressional pork barrel fund, had ended up in the Senate archives.

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Since the courts rejected his plea to attend the last session days at the Senate, detained Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada took to Facebook to “deliver” his final privilege speech.

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