Palace confident Congress will pass Duterte's priority bills despite upcoming elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) — Malacañang is confident Congress will pass President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority bills even if the national elections are fast approaching.

Kampante naman po kami dahil napakabuti po ng samahan ng Presidente sa parehong kapulungan ng Kongreso na kung talagang urgent ang nature ng bill eh maipapasa naman po ‘yan,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during Thursday’s Palace briefing.

[Translation: We’re confident because the President’s ties with both Congress houses are strong to the point that they will pass bills that are urgent in nature.]

The spokesman also emphasized the need for passing such measures as soon as possible.

Kapag pinaabot pa natin sa susunod na taon, alam natin busy na sa pulitika ang lahat [Should these measures remain unacted upon until next year, we already know everyone will be busy with politics by then. So the priority bills must be heard and hopefully passed within the year 2021,” he said.

Duterte earlier urged lawmakers to immediately pass bills amending the Public Service Act, Retail Trade Liberalization Act, and Foreign Investments Act to give the Philippine economy a boost from the ravages of the COVID-19 health crisis. 

Also among the proposed measures Duterte certified as urgent is the bill creating a department that will attend to the needs of overseas Filipino workers.

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