Belmonte boasts of 'game-changing' laws

by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2013 10:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2013 06:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The 15th Congress approved the most "game-changing laws" in history, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said as the House of Representatives adjourned Wednesday tonight for the election campaign period.

In his speech before the adjournment, Belmonte said the 15th Congress worked for the enactment of 219 laws, including the controversial laws on sin tax reforms and reproductive health (RH), as well as the approval of other measures.

President Benigno Aquino has signed the sin tax and RH bills into laws.

Before going into recess, House members passed pending measures and ratified several bicameral conference committee reports, including one on strengthening the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

They will resume session on June 5.

Belmonte said the Philippines is back on the map, citing a World Bank official's statement that "the sick man of Asia is now a rising economic tiger."

There was however, no mention of the freedom of information bill at plenary during the last session day.