The Magna Carta for the Poor and the Centenarians bills, which have been rejected by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, have been refiled in the 16th Congress.
This developed during the first day of the filing of proposed measures in the House of Representatives.
The Magna Carta for the Poor, which mandates the state to provide the basic needs of the poor such as food, employment, livelihood, education shelter and medicines, was the 29th bill to be filed. It was authored by Rep. Raul del Mar of Cebu who succeeded his daughter, Rachel Margaruite, for the congressional post.
The Centenarians bill was the 100th bill to be filed by Albay Rep. Edcel “Grex Lagman, the son of former congressman Edcel Lagman also of Albay. The Centenarians bill grants Filipino 100-year-olds a P100,000 cash gift and a 50 percent discount on sale of goods and services from all establishments.
President Aquino vetoed or refused to sign the previous versions of two bills into law because he deemed it too much of a burden on the national budget.
LLANESCA T. PANTI