The Manila Times : BBM to Congress: Pass stimulus package

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

PRESIDENT-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos has asked the incoming 19th Congress to pass an economic stimulus package to help the country rise from the effects of the pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, the incoming 19th Senate president, said.

Zubiri and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez led some lawmakers in discussing Marcos' legislative agenda during a meeting in his headquarters in Mandaluyong City.

The senator on Wednesday said the country is slowly recovering from the pandemic. "Ang problema pondo (The problem is funding). We have to spend money prudently," he said.

"What we talked about was to plug leakages [in laws] that lead to corruption," Zubiri said in a briefing.

Marcos wants laws passed to address corruption in the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Immigration, he said.

The president-elect was still waiting for the recommendations of his economic team.

"I am excited to help the incoming administration to formulate their legislative agenda," Zubiri said in a statement earlier.

"The bottom line is to fix the economy, increase jobs, strengthen businesses especially the MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises), support the agricultural sector, and lower the level of poverty, especially in the provinces," he said in Filipino.

Zubiri was accompanied by Senators Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Ralph Recto, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa; returning Senators Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, Manuel "Lito" Lapid and Lorna Regina "Loren" Legarda; and neophyte Sen. Rafael "Raffy" Tulfo during the visit.

Romualdez was joined by Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin and Isabela Rep. Tonypet Albano.