By Mario B. Casayuran | Tempo
Members of the 24-man Senate raced yesterday to be given the accolade of who among them could file his first bill or set of bills on the first day of July before the July 22 opening of the 16th Congress.
The “winner’’ was Sen. Vicente Sotto III whose staff filed his bills with the Senate Bills and Index office which raffled off the numbers assigned to each senator for an orderly filing of their measures.
In the past, some of the staff of senators even slept overnight just to be the first representative of a senator to file the first bill.
Second to Sotto as one of the first filers was reelected Sen. Loren Legarda followed by Senators Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and Francis ‘’Chiz’’ Escudero.
At press time, there was still no representative of Sen. Benigno “Bam’’ Aquino at the Senate Bills and Index office.
Poe told Senate reporters that she filed two resolutions and two bills. One of the measures, named “Film Tourism’’ bill, sought to give jobs and recognition to the film industry as other countries earn millions of dollars due to tourism because the films were made in those countries such as “The Lord of the Rings’’ in New Zealand and ’’The Beach’’ in Thailand.