• 22 bills go begging for Aquino signature

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    MORE than 20 bills passed by both Houses of Congress may end up in the trash if President Benigno Aquino 3rd fails to sign them into law before he steps down from his post tomorrow.

    Based on the records of the Senate bills and index office, as of June 27, there were 22 enrolled bills that are yet to be signed into law by Aquino.

    Since June 16, 26 measure have been sitting on Aquino’s desk but only four were signed into law. These include Republic Act 10868 or the Centenarians Act of 2016; R.A. 10865 (Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr. Medical Center Act); R.A. 10866 (Batanes Responsible Tourism Act); and R.A. 10867 (National Bureau of Investigation Reorganization and Modernization Act).

    Under the rules, “enrolled bills,” or measures that have been approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, are transmitted to the Office of the President for signing.

    The President either signs them into law, or vetoes and sends them back to the Senate with a veto message.

    However, a bill may also become a law even without the President’s signature if the President does not sign it within 30 days.

    Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd said the enrolled bills may lapse into law if they were submitted to Malacañang 60 days before June 30.

    Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes also believes that the 22 enrolled bills will lapse into law if these were not vetoed by the president.

    Five of the 22 pending bills were authored or sponsored by Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito.
    These include Senate Bill 2999 (Road Speed Limiter Bill); SB 2947 (Balanced Housing Bill); SB 3023 Foreign Investment Liberalization Act; House Bill 5511 (An Act Creating MIMAROPA) and SB 2779 (Economic and Financial Literacy Week).

    The other important bills are SB 2794 or the new Anti-carnapping Act of 2015; SB 3204 or Basic Life Support Training in School Act; HB 772 or AFP Derivative Retirement Pension For Children/Survivors Act of 2014; SB 3091, Jobstart Philippines Act; HB 5417 or the Philippine Credit Card Industry Regulation Law; and HB 3785, Agricultural Land Reform Code.

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