Wed. May 12th, 2021
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The Senate has not included Charter change in the list of measures it will prioritize when it resumes sessions today (Monday).

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Sunday said the upper chamber will focus on the ratification of bicameral committee reports of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE), Coco Farmers Trust fund, and the bill on Confirmation of Imperfect Land Titles.

CREATE aims to lower the corporate income tax from the current 30 percent to 25 percent, while the creation of the Coco Farmers Trust Fund will funnel more funds into the country’s coconut industry.

When asked why Charter change is not included in the list, Zubiri said: “We are not talking about it yet.”

The Senate will also pass on third and final reading the amendments to Republic Act (RA) No. 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) of 2001.

The Senate also appealed to the House of Representatives to work on 12 measures that have no counterparts yet in the House of Representatives.These measures include the bill establishing separate prison facilities for heinous crimes convicts; lowering height requirement for uniformed personnel; prohibiting child marriages; creation of National Transportation Safety Board; increasing teaching supplies allowance for public school teachers, among others. SOVEREIGNPH

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