Sotto: Senate to approve 2 more priority bills before adjournment

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2017 12:02 AM

Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto on Wednesday said the Senate can only approve 9 and 10 of President Duterte's 14 certified priority bills before Congress observes its sine die adjournment on Friday.

Among the bills the Senate committed to approve is Committee Report No. 103 for Senate Bill 1465 or "An Act Providing Free Irrigation Service to Small Farmers.”

The Senate ratified on Wednesday afternoon the bicameral report on the measure extending the validity of driver's license to 10 years. 

During yesterday's session, the Senate approved 20 measures, which are mostly of local application, on its third reading.

Among the bills of national significance approved by the Senate for third and final reading include the amendment to the "Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001; grant of teaching supplies allowance for public school teachers and appropriating funds thereof, and extending the validity of driver's license."

Bicameral reports approved Tuesday night were amendments to the Revised Penal Code and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education.

The Senate also approved Tuesday night the majority-backed House Resolution 388, expressing the institution's support to the martial law declaration of Duterte.

The Senate junked the minority bloc-sponsored Resolution 390, that sought a joint session to scrutinize martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.