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House tackles ‘impeach Leonen’

Majority Floor Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez on Sunday vowed to include in the order of business for referral to the House committee on justice the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor Leonen within three session days.

Romualdez, chairman of the committee on rules, said the referral of the impeachment complaint against Leonen would be discussed by his committee.

“Last March 25, Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco transmitted the impeachment complaint filed by Mr. Edwin M. Cordevilla and endorsed by Ilocos Sur 2nd District Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba to our committee. We will act on it and include it in the order of business,” he said.

Romualdez said Congress would prioritize the passage of the P405.6-billion Bayanihan 3 upon the resumption of its three-week session on Monday before the Congress’ sine die adjournment on June 4.

“We need Bayanihan 3 to help ensure that the economy recovers quickly from the coronavirus disease-19-induced crisis in a strong, sustainable, and resilient manner,” he said.

“We only have three weeks to pass this vital measure that will help our fellow Filipinos who are all affected by the pandemic, and we are confident that before we adjourn, we will be able to pass the measure,” he added.

He said the committees on social services, economic affairs, and ways and means have approved the Bayanihan to Arise As One Act or Bayanihan 3 but it still has to go through the committee on appropriations.

Congress would continue with the deliberation of Resolution of Both Houses No. 2 to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

On the other hand, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., chairman of the House committee on constitutional amendments, said he is hoping that lawmakers would vote for the passage of RBH No. 2 on third and final reading before adjourning sine die.

Romualdez reported that the Congress’ sessions resulted in the passage of 39 national laws.

“All in all, we processed 3,316 measures during our 80 session days or an average of 41 measures per session day,” he said.

Topics: Martin Romualdez , Marvic Leonen , Supreme Court , House of Representatives
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