Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., in one fell swoop wrapped up committee deliberation of three measures similarly seeking to level up the mandate of the Barangay Chairmen by boosting their mandate to include the authority to administer the oath of office of the President.
The Senate Committee on Local Government, which Marcos chairs, in just one public hearing conducted this week finished the panel discussion of Senate Bills No. 122 by Sen. Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero and 2334 by Sen. Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, and House Bill No. 2729 by Reps. Salvio B. Fortuno, Marlyn L. Primicias-Agabas, and Salvador III H. Escudero.
The bills proposed to give the Punong Barangays, or barangay chairmen, the mandate to administer the oath of office of any government officials, including the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
A committee report will immediately be drafted and once it is signed by the committee members, Marcos said he will immediately sponsor it for plenary debates
The committee hearing was attended by Sen. Nancy Binay, member of the committee, and resource persons Leocadio T. Trovela, OIC-Director of the National Barangay Operations Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government, representing DILG Sec. Mar Roxas; Atty. Carlos Abesamis, representing Atty. Edmund Abesamis, national president of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas; Atty. John Philip Reyes, OIC of Field Operations and Statistics Service of Public Attorney’s Office (PAO); and Atty. Silvestre Mosing, deputy chief of PAO, both representing Chief Public Attorney Persida R. Acosta.
The bills, in effect, amend further section 41 of Executive Order No. 292, which provides that the general authority to administer the oath are given to notary public, members of judiciary, clerks of courts, the secretary of the either House of Congress, of departments, bureau directors, registers of deeds, provincial governors and lieutenant governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, and other officer in the service of the government, whose appointment is vested in the President.