March 13, 2017
Bam: Happy to pass 2 major reforms before embracing minority role
In just eight months, Sen. Bam Aquino worked for the successful passage of two major reforms in the Senate.
On Monday, the Senate passed on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1304 or the " Affordable Higher Education for All Act ", which provides free tuition in state colleges and universities (SUCs), and Senate Bill No. 1277 or the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act.
"Our eight months in the supermajority were very productive. I'm happy we passed two very important bills before embracing our new role as minority," said Sen. Bam, now the deputy minority leader.
Recently removed as chair of the Committee on Education, Sen. Bam is the sponsor and co-author of the Affordable Higher Education for All Act and defended the bill during the period of interpellations.
Legislative measures to mandate free tuition in SUCs have been sitting in the legislative mill for at least 6 years.
Sen. Bam also sponsored the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act, which is seen to complement the government's approved national broadband plan to help improve Internet access across the country.
"Now that we're in the minority, our role will change. Pero hindi kami kokontra para lang kumontra. We won't just oppose policies that will be good for the country, we will propose improvements and look for better solutions," said Sen. Bam.
Sen. Bam opposes the revival of the death penalty and lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old.
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