MANILA — Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate expressed optimism on Friday that the passage of the Social Security System (SSS) pension bill can now be fast-tracked in the 17th Congress so that pensioners will finally “receive the long delayed benefit due them.”
“When the 16th Congress closed, more than 130 congressmen supported the resolution to override the unjust and callous veto of former President Aquino. Now, we are truly glad and thankful that several other members of the House are filing the same measure that Bayan Muna filed since 2011,” Zarate said.
“Our optimism is also buoyed by the fact that President Digong Duterte also supported the pension increase; hopefully it will generate the necessary push so that the PHP2,000 SSS pension hike will finally be enacted into law before the year ends,” he added.
On top of the SSS pension hike bill, he also filed the Genuine Freedom of Information bill, the Lower Income Tax bill, and the Anti-political Dynasty bill.
The veteran lawmaker said he filed House Resolutions for the immediate resumption of the peace talks between the government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the immediate release of political prisoners, a call for a moratorium on coal mining, the investigation of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project (LLEDP) and the stopping of the privatization of Dr. Jose Fabella Maternity Hospital.
“I hope that these legislative measures would immediately be tackled, discussed and passed by the House as they all address the needs and demands of our people that Bayan Muna and, no less than, President Duterte himself vowed to prioritize and serve,” Zarate said. Sammy Martin / PNA / northboundasia.com