Speaker brands Senate as 'slow chamber'

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2017 05:08 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday branded the Senate as the "slow chamber" for its supposedly sluggish move on bills approved by the Lower House.

Alvarez scored the Senate for its inaction on the bill reimposing the death penalty for drug-related offenses.

"'Yung death penalty alam naman natin lahat ipinasa natin 'yan last year. Hanggang ngayon nakabinbin pa rin sa mabagal na kapulungan. Alam niyo we forwarded 210 bills ha," he said.

In March, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the death penalty bill.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the bill seeking to revive the capital punishment is already "dead in the Senate." 

Drilon was contradicted by Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, who believes the upper chamber can pass the death penalty bill.

Alvarez said he cannot understand why there are many pending bills in the Senate when it meets regularly. 

"Hindi ko rin maintindihan. Kasi kami kaya walang nape-pending sa amin, dahil nag-oovertime," he said.

"Palibhasa, lahat halos 'yan probinsyano eh. Wala namang gagawin pagka-nandito ka sa Maynila eh. Mabuti pa magtrabaho ka na lang. So inaabot yan ng alas-onse, alas dose ng gabi, na nagtatrabaho, nagse-session kung kinakailangan," he added.