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President Duterte meets Congress leaders today

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by Genalyn D. Kabiling

President Duterte is expected to meet with Congress leaders today in Malacañang to seek support for the administration’s priority legislations.

This will be the first Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting to be convened by the President this year.

Last November, Duterte discussed his government’s legislative agenda with a group of senators and congressmen in a “mini” LEDAC meeting at the Palace.

Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said the administration’s legislative agenda would be discussed in the meeting of the LEDAC chaired by the President.

The priority bills are categorized under security, justice and peace; economic development; good governance; and human development and poverty alleviation.

Banaag said Senate President, House Speaker, several lawmakers and Cabinet members, and representatives from the local government units and the private sector are expected to attend the meeting.

It is unclear if the Vice President, a member of the LEDAC, will be present.

In recent months, the President has openly pushed for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow the shift to a federal form of government, believing it is the only way to resolve the decades-old conflict in Mindanao.

A commission has already been formed to review the Constitution and conduct consultations on the possible amendments.

Another pet bill of the President is the proposed revival of the death penalty in the country. Duterte recently echoed his desire to hang 20 criminals a day once death penalty is restored as part of the government’s aggressive peace and order campaign.

Among the administration bills are the tax reform package, amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Law, the Anti-Money Laundering Act and the Anti-Cybercrime Act, and freedom of information measure.

LEDAC, created through Republic Act No. 7640, serves as a consultative and advisory body to the President on programs and policies essential to national development. The law provides the council to meet at least once every quarter.

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  • Josemakabayan

    Invite also the legitimate OPPOSITION leaders for their inputs, because if you just invite leaders from the majority, who are all YOUR YES MEN!, ,YOU WONT HAVE A LEARNED INPUTS THAT YOU ARE SEEKING FOR YOUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS!!!!!

    • lance ceellot

      ahhhh ok..

  • Third-Eye

    LEDAC is presided by vice-president and if the meeting will be held in presidential palace it is most likely VP Rebredo will not be invited while DuDirty personal tirade still on the loose. I guess in this LEDAC meeting particularly called for by DuDirty, he will preside over the meeting himself disregarding the LEDAC By-Laws where participating members can’t object or ‘I will kill you all’ just like the threat against AMLC refusal to heed his personal interest that will consider as drug collaborators meaning they are all subject to EJK.

    • lance ceellot

      sounds like idYotlanda– di kaya iisa lang kayo ni idYotlanda, third-eye-blind?.. kasi ang comments nyo eh puro TAE.

  • Mr_Ponder

    Bakit kailangan ang LEDAC? Sapagkat ang isang mabuting leader ay “consultative”.Kailangan nya ang suporta ng kanyang pinamumunuan. Ang resulta ang isang panukala ay nakasalalay din sa kung ano ang gusto ng mga mamamayan, sapagkat sila ang kikilos para matupad ito. Ang kanilang mga itinalaga sa pwesto ang may kakayahan upang maisaayos ang pamayanan(society) . Kaya kailangang alam ng bawat Pilipino kung ano ang kanyang minimithi kung paano siya magiging masaya sa buhay. Ang kalayaan ng bawat isa ay may kaakibat ding responsibilidad. Ang ating ginagawa ay alinman sa makabubuti o makasasama sa bayan. Ang tanong, ano ang dapat gawin ng bawat isa para siya maging masaya, at ang isang magandang pamantayan ay kung ito ba ay nakabubuti o nakasasama para sa bawat tao sa pamayanan.