• House unlikely to override veto

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    The House of Representatives is unlikely to vote to override President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s rejection of the proposed P2,000 across-the-board monthly pension hike for Social Security System (SSS) retirees.

    Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. said it would be difficult for the chamber to gather the needed votes to overturn the President’s decision.

    Under the rules, the House and the Senate will need to muster the votes of two-thirds of the members of each chamber.

    “I am not sure we can muster a two-thirds vote,” Belmonte said in a text message.
    “At any rate, the SSS board, with the President’s approval, can provide for a lower increase even without Congress action,” he added.

    House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd of Mandaluyong City and House Deputy Majority Leader Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption are likewise skeptical that their colleagues will go against the President’s wishes and vote to override the veto.

    “Given that the President has basis in vetoing the proposal, I believe that Congress will not override the veto. Besides, the House has an administration- dominated membership.
    Allies do not and will not override the veto of the titular head of the ruling party,” Tugna said.

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