• House fails to revive P2,000 SSS pension hike

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    The House of Representatives has failed to override the Presidential rejection of the proposed P2,000 across-the-board pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) retirees during the last day of session of the 16th Congress.

    House members voted no via viva voce vote in overriding the veto of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    The measure was principally authored by Rep. Neri Colmenates of Bayan Muna who pushed for a nominal voting alongside Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza.

    An override or nullification of the veto can only happen if two-thirds of the 290 members of the House of Representatives votes to override the veto.

    “We should not abdicate this historic duty, Mr. Speaker. I am sure many of the lawmakers who signed this Resolution [for the veto]would want this Resolution to be passed on nominal voting,” Colmenares said.

    “Let this be in the journal of this Congress that we voted to override this veto, even for posterity, that we are independent from the Executive. We are not hopeless, Mr. Speaker,” Bagatsing said.

    Majority Leader Gonzales 2nd and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas shut the doors on nominal voting saying the Senate adjourned as early as 3 p.m. on Monday.

    “Yes, we can take up legislative matters even if the Senate already adjourned, but to override a veto, we should be able to vote for it [more than the required two-thirds of House members]and send it to the Senate for their same action. But the Senate already adjourned. There is no legitimate chance to override the veto anymore,” Gonzales said.

    “The purpose of the Constitution’s provision for a veto is not to express our sense of disagreement,” Gonzales added.

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