Lacson urges Sotto to put RH bill in daily agenda

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Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday urged Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to put the controversial Reproductive Health bill into the daily agenda of the Senate to fast-track its passage as Christmas break nears.

In an interview before the session begun, Lacson said that there is no wrong in making amendments in the measure, but in order to hasten the legislative mill, RH bill should be put into the daily agenda just like other priority measures tackled in the plenary.

“Sa akin naman pagbigyan namin sila talagang ipasok lahat na gusto nila ipa-amend pero i-agenda sana araw-araw tulad ng ibang bill na na-tackle namin dito at di parating sa hulihan, para mapunta agad sa botohan kada amendment kung di a-accept ng sponsor para uusad ang bill at hindi stranded somewhere. Kasi sa ngayon nakahinto kasi tiningnan ko agenda for today wala ang RH,” Lacson.

As the majority leader who makes the daily agenda and order of business in the plenary, Sotto is also the chairman of Senate committee rules who among others, decides on the questions regarding their procedures, parliamentary or not.

“Whether or not hindi pina-agenda ang ibang bills, araw-araw naka-agenda. So ang gusto tapusin pero wala kaming closure dito sa debate,” Lacson added.

Lacson believed that as Christmas break nears, RH bill should be in the daily agenda to deliberate on individual amendments but opposes its termination without closure in the plenary. “Tulad ngayon di naka-agenda. Kung aaraw-arawin ang amendment sa Senate palagay ko mapasa namin sa third reading bago mag-Christmas break.”

“Pero para pagbawalan mag-introduce ng amendment, hindi ako sasang-ayon doon. Dahil pinaghandaan din nila ang interpellation lalo ang amendment.  So dapat marinig ng senador para ma-guide kami kung ano palagay namin iboboto namin,” he stressed further.

Lacson lamented that the measure may not be passed before the Christmas break but still hoping it will be enacted into law before the sine die.

“ Before Christmas break baka malabo. Pero mahaba pa naman, babalik Enero hanggang Pebrero. Hopefully maipasa namin bago mag-sine die,” he concluded.

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