Solon to file new version of Bulacan economic zone bill

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Posted at Jul 04 2022 05:36 PM

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MANILA — A lawmaker said Monday he plans to file an amended version of the vetoed Bulacan economic zone bill "curing all the defects" cited by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda said concerns regarding the proposed special economic zone in Bulacan could "be addressed essentially through the regular processes."

Salceda is a co-author of House Bill No. 7575, which proposes the creation of Bulacan Airport City Special Economic Zone and Freeport.

The newly sworn-in President has vetoed the measure due to "fiscal risks" and "lack of coherence" in the country's laws.

The ecozone was supposedly going to be built inside the Bulacan airport complex, the franchise to operate of which was given to San Miguel Corp.

Marcos Jr said the measure "infringes" on the authority of government agencies.

He said it also lacked auditing provisions for the Commission on Audit, did not explain how it would expropriate lands for agrarian reform beneficiaries, and gave "blanket powers" to the economic zone authority on technical airport operations and environmental protection "not found" in the Constitution.

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