Congress: 8 bills in one week


CONGRESS is eyeing the passage of at least eight more pending measures, including the proposed P2.6 trillion national budget for 2015, before it goes on break on December 17, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Tuesday.

Drilon issued the assurance following a meeting with leaders of the House of Representatives to discuss the passage of key measures during the remaining seven session days this year.

Among these measures is the bill that will raise the tax exemption ceiling for the 13th-month pay and other benefits from P30,000 to P82,000.

Drilon said they will also pass the Fair Competition Act “in order to promote economic efficiency in trade, industry and commerce through the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers which distort and restrict competition.”

Also set to be passed are the bills that seeks to expand the subsistence allowance of Filipino soldiers, strengthen the current Sandiganbayan structure (which is aimed at decongesting clogged court dockets), establish an open high school system for out-of-school youth, amend the Fisheries Code, repeal the provision in the Revised Penal Code which penalizes premature marriages, and authorize the sale of Zest Airways to Air Asia Philippines.


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