House to look at election reform bills
MANILA – The House Committee on Suffrage is set to consolidate and consider 2 sets of election reform bills pending before the panel, according to committee chairman Fredenil Castro on Wednesday.
The 1st set of bills -- House Bills 1089 and 2530 --cover an increase in penalties for election offenses. They were authored by Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Rep. Maximo Rodriguez.
The 2nd set of bills cover the early voting for national elections. House Bill 828 was authored by Diwa Rep. Em Aglipay while House Bill 1633 was authored also by the Rodriguezes.
Meanwhile, Castro believes House Bill 18 by Rep. Ronald Singson is constitutionally infirm, in that it seeks to reschedule the national elections from the 2nd Monday of May to the Saturday nearest the 2nd Monday of May, beginning with the 2016 elections.
Castro said the Constitution itself prescribes the schedule for the elections.
Nevertheless, he gave Singson until the next hearing to argue for his bill.