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Marcos: Senado hindi gagaya sa Kongreso, walang ‘railroad’ sa BBL

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UMAASA si Senador Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr., chairman ng Senate Committee on Local Government, na hindi gagayahin ng mga senador ang ginawa ng mga kongresistang miyembro ng ad hoc committee ng Kamara de Representantes sa Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Tinapos na noong Martes ng 75-member ad hoc committee ang line-by-line voting, na nag-umpisa noong Lunes, sa 109-page “working draft” ng BBL na binalangkas ni Rep. Rufus Rodriguez pero pinaniniwalaang galing sa Malakanyang dahil dalawang beses ipinatawag ni Pangulong Aquino III ang panel members at tinalakay ang BBL.

Agad umani ng batikos ang komite na mayorya ay kaalyado ng Pangulo at inaakusahang “ni-railroad” ang botohan upang makasama pa rin ang karamihan sa mga unconstitutional provision na mariing tinutulan noong una ni Rodriguez. Read More…

Sen. Marcos seeks Senate probe on Kentex fire

Sen. Marcos seeks Senate probe on Kentex fire resized

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has sought for a Senate inquiry into the massive fire that killed 72 workers in a slipper and rubber factory in Valenzuela City.

Marcos, member of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, on Wednesday filed Senate Resolution 1365 directing the appropriate committee, in aid of legislation, to look into the circumstances that led to the May 13 fire that razed the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation.

In his resolution, Marcos stressed the need for legislative measures to enhance and strengthen occupational safety and health standards.  Initial reports said the slipper factory had violated safety standards and several labor laws.

“We need to strengthen existing laws on safety and health in the workplace to prevent a repeat of what the ILO itself has described as a preventable accident,” he said.

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Sen. Marcos says consti warning flags raised on BBL should be taken seriously

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Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, today said they will accord due importance to the findings of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendment and Revision of Code on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.

News reports said a draft committee report of the constitutional amendment panel, chaired by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago being circulated for signature of the panel members concluded Congress cannot pass BBL without corresponding charter changes.

“We will certainly take serious consideration of the warning flags the report has raised,” Marcos said, who acknowledged signing Santiago’s committee report. Read More…

Sen. Marcos urges DBM to release IRA shares of LGUs on time

Sen. Marcos urges DBM to release IRA shares of LGUs on time

Taking the cudgels for local government units, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today urged the Deparment of Budget and Management to abandon the practice of impounding, even if only on a temporary basis, the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share of LGUs.

Marcos, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, aired this appeal based on a news article on the 2013 report of the Commission on Audit admonishing DBM for its failure to release on time almost P303 billion in IRA shares of LGUs.

“Majority of our LGUs are still IRA-dependent so for the DBM to keep them waiting before releasing their just share is like withholding the day’s wage of a working father who has a hungry family waiting for him at home,” Marcos said.

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Sen. Marcos hopes no BBL railroad in Senate

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Sen. Marcos hopes no BBL railroad in Senate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee, today expressed hope the scenario that unfolded in the Bangsamoro Basic Law deliberations of the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives will not happen in the Senate.

After a marathon 13-hour session that began Tuesday, the House panel finished Tuesday line-by-line voting on the 109-page draft bill, with the Malacanang version virtually intact save for some minor concessions to proposed amendments of BBL critics.

A progressive block of legislators in the Lower House cried “railroading” when the ad hoc panel, after meeting with the President twice, abandoned amendments previously discussed contained in the so-called “chairman’s draft” and pushed for an entirely new version.

“I don’t think so because our senators are very independent-minded,” Marcos replied when asked in a radio interview if he is concerned about the possibility the BBL will also be railroaded in the Senate. Read More…

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