Senate rushes passage of 36 bills

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THE Senate will attempt to approve 36 bills when sessions resume this week.

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The 15th Congress will resume session on Wednesday after a four-month break to give way to the May 13 midterm elections.

The Senate has two remaining sessions left—a regular session on June 5 and a special session on June 6—before it adjourns sine die on June 7.

Three of the pending bills sponsored by Sen. Loren Legarda are up for final reading. These are the ratification of three extradition treaties between the Philippines and India, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

On the other hand, Senate Bill No. 3387, which appeals to include party-list representatives in local absentee voting, is also set for third reading. At present, the law covers only the elections for president, vice president, and senators.

The 15th Congress will also convene for the final reading of House Bill No. 4820, which seeks to create the province of Nueva Camarines. The measure has sparked tension between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th, who accused Enrile of trying to railroad the bill’s approval upon the request of former president and reelected Pampamga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Enrile is also scheduled to deliver a privileged speech about the recently concluded midterm elections.

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