Congressional leaders sign BSKE postponement, SIM registration bills

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2022 12:55 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2022 05:07 PM

Photo from the office of House Speaker Martin Romualdez
Photo from the office of House Speaker Martin Romualdez

MANILA (UPDATE) — Congressional leaders on Tuesday signed the enrolled bills postponing the December 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, and imposing mandatory SIM card registration in the country.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez and Senate President Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri led the officials present at the ceremonial signing at the Manila Golf Club in Makati City.

Romualdez said he expects the SIM registration bill to be signed into law by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. this week.

"We're really happy to have the SIM Registration Act well on its way to be signed this week alongside the postponement of the barangay election," he said.

"It's very important and timely... I myself am a victim of it. I was nearly scammed about a month and a half ago. Somebody claiming to be the governor of Siquijor had asked me for assistance for their provincial program," Zubiri said.

After the bills were signed, these were turned over to Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) Sec. Mark Llandro Mendoza for submission to Marcos for his signature, the final act required to enact the measures into law.

The proposed measures were the first enrolled bills accomplished under the first regular session of the 19th Congress, Romualdez's office said.

Under the 1987 Constitution, Marcos has 30 days to either approve or veto a bill, otherwise it shall lapse into law.

Present for the signing were House Majority Leader Manuel Jose "Mannix" M. Dalipe, Reps. Toby Tiangco, Marjorie Ann Teodoro, and Juliet Marie Ferrer, Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva, Deputy Majority Leader Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, Sen. Imee Marcos and Sen. Grace Poe.

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