Santiago, Estrada Senate’s top performers

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DESPITE being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer last year, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago still bested her colleagues in terms of number of measures filed.

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Santiago, who as of December 17, the last session day of Congress in 2014, had filed a total of 1,007 bills and resolutions, is followed by Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, who is detained in Camp Crame on allegations that he misused his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

Estrada filed 604 bills and resolutions.

Santiago has consistently been the Senate’s top performer since her election in 2004 and was credited for introducing measures that were later enacted into laws.

These pieces of legislation include the Reproductive Health Act; Biofuels Law; Renewable Energy Law; Sin Tax Law; Cybercrime Law; Magna Carta of Women; Anti-Bullying Law; and Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity to name a few.

Among the 538 bills that she filed in 2014 were Senate Bill 2339, which seeks institutionalization of age-appropriate curriculum to prevent the abduction, exploitation and sexual abuse of children that are prejudicial to their development; SB 2438, which calls for stricter monitoring of bank accounts of politically exposed persons; SB 2770 on part-time employment in place of retrenchment; and SB 2513, an act increasing court-awarded damages for death.

Santiago is also pushing for passage of the Anti-Epal, Anti-Political Dynasty, Billboard Regulation, Call Center, Child Care Centers and Whistleblowers bills.

In July last year, she announced that she had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer but in November 2014, she said 90 percent of her cancer cells have been eliminated.

Meanwhile, Estrada has been in detention since June 2014 and ordered suspended for 90 days by the Sandiganbayan in connection with the P10-billion PDAF scam. With him in jail are former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

Other senators who made it to the top five were Antonio Trillanes 4th with 307 proposed bills and resolutions; Lito Lapid with 219; and Joseph Victor Ejercito, 217.

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