The postponement of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) elections, the death penalty bill, and the military pension reform bills remain as part of the priority legislative bills of the Duterte Administration, according to Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Jacinto Paras.
Paras said that a top priority also of the President is the approval by the Senate of the bill that would create a government department for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and migrant workers.
Paras added that the President is also pushing for the resolution of the BARMM issue to resolve conflicts arising from it. He said that the issue is already being considered by the Senate, and hearings have been conducted in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, on the military pension reform bills, Paras said there are issues that still have to be resolved, including pushing for a CTRP-4 (Comprehensive Tax Reform Program-Package 4) that will resolve certain taxation on certain sectors.
Other priority bills of the President include the Public Service Act and the Foreign Investment Act, which the Executive will try to push for the passage of, said Paras.
On the passage of the President’s reform bills, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. cited the importance of close coordination and working relationship between the Executive and the Congress.