Published: Wed, June 05, 2013
By Joyce Ilas
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte urges all congressmen to attend Wednesday's last session of the 15th Congress, even as a recognition ceremony is also set for the graduating lawmakers.
The House of Representatives is counting down to the last days of the 15th Congress on June 5, and the chamber will hold a recognition ceremony for almost a hundred graduating members.
Among them are the six Deputy Speakers: Northern Samar Representative Raul Daza, Cebu Representative Pablo Garcia and Cavite Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla, who lost the elections.
Camarines Sur Representative Arnulfo Fuentebella and Quezon Representative Erin Tanada are leaving because they already served three terms.
Zamboanga City Representative Beng Climaco won her mayoralty bid.
Daza hopes he could return to the lower chamber soon after his electoral protest has been settled.
Daza lost by 52 votes to his opponent Harlin Abayon, a former governor and congressman of Northern Samar.
Before the recognition ceremonies, the House of Representatives will first resume its session at 4 o'clock in the afternoon to tackle unfinished business.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte has required all lawmakers to attend the last session day of the 15th Congress.
Daza is optimistic the lower chamber will still be able to pass legislation at the twelfth hour.
Based on the calendar of business, 24 bills will be put to a vote on 3rd and final reading.
The House of Representatives has filed nearly 7,000 bills from the time it opened in July 2010 to February this year.
However, only 431 of these were enacted into law.
President Aquino vetoed a total of 71 bills, 60 local and 11 national, since 2010.
Eastern Samar Rep Ben Evardone says the chamber will no longer take up bills vetoed by the president.
Meanwhile, Evardone says that, during the Liberal Party lawmakers' meeting with Pres Aquino on Monday, the president pushed for the re-election of Belmonte as Speaker of the House in the incoming 16th Congress.
Evardone adds that the administration coalition has found unlikely allies in several opposition lawmakers who have expressed support for Belmonte's speakership.