Emergency power bill’s passage pushed

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Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday remains hopeful that the emergency power bill in support of the Build, Build, Build program of the government would be passed, despite the proposal not being included in Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte .

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“I was hoping that the President would mention the need for emergency powers during his SONA,” Poe said in a radio interview, adding that she is backing Duterte’s goal to decongest traffic in Metro Manila and speed up implementation of road projects.

Issuing temporary restraining orders over legal issues, according to the President, only delays project construction.

“I am asking Congress, find me a law wherein if there was regular bidding, the court or somebody else should not be messing it up because it will delay the project which has been the case in the provinces,” Duterte said in his speech.

Poe said apparent bureaucratic snags should be a reason for the government to push for the passage of the emergency power bill especially in the House of the Representatives.

According to the senator, the bill has not yet been scheduled for interpellation.

AANGAT TAYO Rep. Neil Abayon earlier said there is a need to revisit the emergency power bill.

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