Philippine Laws: August 2010

Again, P-Noy was not able to approve any new law in August 2010, the second month of the 15th Congress. It may be interesting to note some of the bills that have already been submitted for the consideration of Congress. This month, I will discuss those filed in the Senate.

The first Senate bill for the 15th Congress was filed on July 1, 2010 by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes, and Sen. Ralph G. Recto. Senate Bill No. (“SBN”) 1 is the “COMPETITION ACT OF 2010”, which is an act penalizing unfair trade and anti-competitive practices in restraint of trade, unfair competition, and abuse of dominant power.

On July 1, 2010, the first day of the 15th Congress, 101 bills were filed. Top-notchers were Senators Trillanes, Ramon A. Revilla, Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid, Edgardo J. Angara, Manny B. Villar, Jinggoy P. Ejercito-Estrada, and Miriam Defensor Santiago, who each sponsored 10 bills. Sen. Ralph G. Recto co-sponsored 10 bills. Senators Loren Legarda and Vicento Soto III sponsored 7 bills; Sen. Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero sponsored 4 bills; and Sen. Enrile sponsored 3 bills. 10 other bills appear to have no specific sponsor.

In August, only 2 bills were filed:

1.     SBN-2377, RESETTING THE BARANGAY AND SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN ELECTIONS, filed on August 10, 2010 by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos (an Act amending Sections 1 and 4 of Republic Act No. 9340 and resetting the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan Elections, among others); and

2.     SBN-151, INDIGENT SENIOR CITIZENS, filed on August 3, 2010 by Senators Recto and Escudero (an Act appropriating the sum of P3,500,000,000.00 as supplementary appropriations for the fiscal year 2010 to finance the monthly social pension for indigent senior citizens, as provided for by Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010)

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