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Duterte, Congress agree on priority measures

President, lawmakers meet prior to scheduled LEDAC

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By Genalyn Kabiling

President Rodrigo Duterte has obtained the support of lawmakers for the passage of the administration’s priority measures during a meeting in Malacañang on Monday, November 14.

Members of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council pose with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 14, 2016.ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

Members of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council pose with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on November 14, 2016.ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

The president met several senators and congressmen for a “mini” Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) assembly to tackle his legislative agenda as well as his war on illegal drugs.

“The meeting last (Monday) night with members of the upper and lower house was the president’s way of keeping in touch with the third branch of government, the independent legislature,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

“It was not a LEDAC Meeting per se, although they did discuss legislation and the representatives expressed general support of the chief executive’s legislative agenda,” he added.

Topping President Duterte’s legislative agenda, according to Pimentel, is the income tax reform, whose component is reduced income tax payment but complemented with a counter-measure to make up for the anticipated revenue loss.

Also mentioned during the meeting were:

  • proposal to abolish the graft-tainted Road Board
  • amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA)
  • proposed emergency powers Congress would give the president to solve the traffic crisis hitting Metro Manila and other highly urbanized cities

Senate president Koko Pimentel shared the president showed them the  list of government officials and employees, including congressmen, governors and mayors, involved in the multi-billion-peso illegal drug trade.

“Pinakita niya sa amin na—and this consumed a lot of time—iyong enormity of the drug problem because he showed to us the thick dossier or reports he has in his possession,” Pimentel said in an ambush interview. “Maybe six inches thick iyon of names of government—wala pa doon iyong outside of government—personalities involved in drugs.”

Presidential legislative liaison adviser Adelino Sitoy said they agreed the LEDAC executive committee would convene a meeting on December 5 to further tackle the legislative agenda. The list of priority bills will be submitted between now and December 5, he added.

Present in the meeting were senators Manny Paquiao, Tito Sotto, Miguel Zubiri, Ralph Recto, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Alan Peter Cayetano, Cynthia Villar and Sonny Angara. The House delegation was led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Last September, the president and his Cabinet discussed 15 priority bills that will be proposed to Congress, which include the following:

  • revival of the death penalty
  • rightsizing of the bureaucracy
  • creation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • budget reform
  • reduced personal and corporate income tax
  • higher taxes on fuel and sugary products
  • adjustment in sin taxes

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  • Goodluck Jonathan

    Don’t push for a higher taxes on fuel. Full impact may be higher with second round effects including higher transport public fares, transport costs in the supply chain and other
    knock-on effects,

  • Inigo Montoya

    “A picture is worth a thousand words”. On this picture we see six merry men with their clenched hand. They are holding each a key given by Dioterte as payola for their unequivocal capitulation to Lord Dioterte. Saint Protector of the drug lords.
    Dioterte said: “I like honest men who fights the drug war and eliminate addicts, and of course a saucy little maid”
    Merry Men said: “What he’s basically saying is he likes to get…“laid”.
    Dioterte interjected and said: “kayo ha! I just want to get Paid!”.

    • leomar101

      inggit kana naman dahil ngayon angpresidente ay presidente ngmga mamayan at hindi kagaya ng animal na aquino na presidente lamang sa kanyang mga dilaw na aso. hahahahha. walang gamot ang inggit kung di mag bigti na lang.

  • anton

    malaking tulong talaga ang house sa administrasyong duterte.

    • salvacion

      saludo talaga ako ky house speaker sa mga ginagawa nya.

    • leomar101

      Diyan mo makit ang president na nag trabaho para s aikabubuti ng bansa. hindi kagaya ng batogan at animal na aquino for the last 6 years na walang nagawa at walang LEDAC natumotulay sa malacanang at congress.

  • lester

    nag sama sama yung mga ugok!ahaha

    • john mike

      asan yung mga leader mong abnoy ng katulad mo..

    • leomar101

      hehehe ugok ba yong nag trabaho ang Presidente at nakikipag ugnayan sa congress samga legislativemeasures na dapat gawin. Ang ugok at bugok ay si animal aquino na walang LEDAC kaya walang accomplishments siya in 6 years malibang sa pagiging nationalized ang distribution of drugs to all places through delima, ochoa, and alcala. . hahahah

  • sally kim

    ipag patuloy nyo lang ang magandang nasimulan,para sa tunay na pagbabagong nais ng ating pangulo.

  • markus x

    kailangan yan dahil may mga destabilizer na grupo so dapat na magingat

  • honelynT

    ito rin ang isa pang tutukan ng pamahalaan para maging maayos pamamamalakad nila

  • prince

    Mabuting hakbang na bantayan ang mga ahensya na humahawak ng mga pera ng bayan! Para naman maiwasan ang korapsyon

  • christine

    pagpatuloy lang po ang mga mabubuting gawain para naman tuloy tuloy na ang pagunlad ng ating bansa!

  • ken

    Ito ang maganda sa congreso natin kasi may communication sila sa pangulo! Nagkakaisa sila para sa pagpapaunlad ng ating bansa!

  • walter

    mga bugok!

    • josh

      mas bugok ka !!! Nagtatrabaho ng maayos ang mga congressman namin!

  • marchan

    para safe naman ang mga tao dito