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Prez Duterte yet to sign over 180 Congress-approved bills before term ends
Prez Duterte yet to sign over 180 Congress-approved bills before term ends
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Prez Duterte yet to sign over 180 Congress-approved bills before term ends
by Christhel Cuazon22 June 2022
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With less than two-week in the office before his term officially ends, President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to sign 182 Congress-approved bills which includes some important proposals such as a separate facility for heinous criminals, vaporized nicotine products, among others.

This was revealed by Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto to the media in an interview on Tuesday.

"Considering that the 18th Congress we had almost two years of pandemic response and pandemic lockdowns, there were 197 [bills] signed into law, there was one veto but right now, pending in the Office of the President are 182 bills passed by both houses of Congress," he said.

If Duterte does not sign or veto a bill, Sotto said the measure will lapse into law after 30 days of receipt.

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"Ito po ay sana magawan kaagad ng paraan ng Presidente sapagkat kung hindi man, it might lapse into law, ok na rin. There are very urgent matters there," the outgoing lawmaker said.

Among the182 bills that are pending of Duterte's signatories are the proposal to create a separate facility for heinous criminals, protection of children aghainst online abuse and exploitation, the permanent validity of birth, death, and marriage certificates, among others.

The bills seeking for expanded anti-trafficking as well as increase in the social pension for indigent senior citizens are also likewise waiting for Duterte's signatory.

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Meanwhile, aside from the 197 bills signed into law during the 18th Congress, Sotto also noted that the Senats.d by the Upper Chamber in the 18th Congress.

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