MANILA — Former Congressman Jacinto “Jing” Paras has on Thursday (06 February 2020) took his oath of office from President Duterte as Presidential Assistant for Legislative Affairs in Malacanang Palace.
The new assignment of the former Negros Oriental 1st District Congressman who was then Undersecretary of Labor, entails the strengthening of coordination between the Executive Department and the two Houses of Congress.
It was learned earlier that several members of Congress were dismayed that after passing important pieces of legislation, these were eventually vetoed by the President.
The legislators blamed the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office (PLLO) for its failure to relay to them the mindset of the President pertaining to proposed bills during the committee level, such that, when it reaches the President’s desk for approval, the proposed legislation were not attuned to his program of government, thus he vetoed them.
With Paras’ entry at PLLO, the President expects the said office to do its proper function as mandated by law and regulation.
Aside from holding various government positions, Paras is a three-term congressman, as such he is expected to ably provide new directions for the PLLO to achieve its mandated task.
According to its website, the PLLO was created by virtue of Memorandum Order No. 128 dated 11 November 1987, as amended by Memorandum Order No. 142 dated 17 December 1987 during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino.
The latter issuance made effective Memorandum Order No. 128 on 1 July 1987. (IAMIGO/SPH.com)