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House seeks closer coordination with Senate, Palace to avoid veto of bills

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By Billy Begas

The leadership of the House of Representatives is forging tighter coordination with Malacañang and the Senate to avoid veto of measures that it will approve on the third and final reading.

At the same time, House Majority Leader Manuel Jose Dalipe, House Committee on Appropriations Senior Vice chairperson Stella Luz Quimbo and House Assistant Majority Leader Margarita Ignacia Nograles vowed to ensure the smooth and swift approval of the legislative agenda of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“We are closely coordinating with Malacañang and the Senate so that we can avoid vetoing of a measure which is a waste of time and resources. Under the leadership of Speaker Martin (Romualdez), we are working with our counterparts to ensure the smooth passage of important bills,” said Dalipe in a press conference.

Quimbo disclosed that she attended the first Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC)-Technical Working Group (TWG) last Thursday to expedite the approval of Marcos’ priority bills and ensure that government resources will not be put to waste.

“Most important iyung statement ng ating mahal na Speaker, sabi niya it is very important at this point in time of course not only effective legislation but cost effective legislation. In other words, ayaw nating magkaroon ng veto, magastos ang vetoed bill. Ang sabi ni Speaker let us use the LEDAC as a platform to ensure that our legislation (will be enacted into law),” Quimbo added.

Quimbo noted that eight of the 19 legislative priority measures of Marcos have been approved on the third and final reading in the previous Congress.

Nograles assured that well-crafted legislative measures will be passed by the House of Representatives where Cabinet members and other stakeholders will be given chance to be heard.