February 28, 2017
Bam to continue working on priority measures with minority
Sen. Bam Aquino's new role as member of the Senate minority will not prevent him from pursuing passage of laws that will uplift lives of the Filipino people.
"Though we have a new role as the minority, sisiguraduhin pa rin namin na maipapasa ang mga batas na makakabuti sa ating mga kababayan," said Sen, Bam, who was stripped of the Committee on Education's chairmanship and replaced by Sen. Chiz Escudero last Monday.
"Hindi maliit na bagay ang pagkawala ng chairmanship sa kumite ng edukasyon. I chose the committee because there were a number of reforms we wanted to push like free tuition in SUCs and feeding program in public schools," said Sen. Bam.
Sen. Bam also thanked Sen. Escudero for committing to continue the work that he started on several priority measures.
Before he was replaced, Sen. Bam was spearheading the interpellation on two education-related measures -- the Free Tuition Fees in SUCs Act and the Pagkaing Pinoy Para sa Batang Pinoy.
"Sen. Escudero agreed to let me work on my priority education bills until they become laws," Sen. Bam said.
The senator also thanked Sen. Grace Poe for acknowledging the committee's work during his stint as chairman. Poe is a staunch advocate of the Pagkaing Pinoy Para sa Batang Pinoy Act. While some senators have stated that the Liberal Party has hampered work on the Senate's legislative agenda, LP President Sen. Kiko Pangilinan asserted that 20 out of 29 bills close to being passed are defended by LP lawmakers.
In the past 6 months, Sen. Bam has filed 118 bills and 26 resolutions, has sponsored 4 committee reports, and conducted committee hearings for 5 resolutions and 15 bills.
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