SIXTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE)REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES)First Regular Session)________________(Filed through Indirect Initiative under Republic ActNo. 6735)
_____________________________________________________________ Introduced by PUBLIC SERVICES LABOR INDEPENDENTCONFEDERATION (PSLINK), PHILIPPINE RURALRECONSTRUCTION MOVEMENT (PRRM), NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP), FOI YOUTHINITIATIVE (FYI), ALLIANCE OF PROGRESSIVE LABOR (APL),CAUCUS OF DEVELOPMENT NGO NETWORKS (CODE-NGO),SOCIAL WATCH PHILIPPINES, FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH- PHILIPPINES, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITYNETWORK (TAN), PEACE WOMEN PARTNERS, PHILIPPINEAIRLINES EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (PALEA), PRUDENTIALIFEWARRIORS PILIPINAS, FILIPINO MIGRANT WORKERS GROUP(FMWG), AKSYONG KABAYANIHAN PARA SA ORGANISADONGPAGBABAGO (ANGKOP), CENTER FOR MEDIA FREEDOM ANDRESPONSIBILITY (CMFR), ANG KAPATIRAN PARTY, ACTIONFOR ECONOMIC REFORMS, PHILIPPINE CENTER FORINVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (PCIJ), CENTER FOR MIGRANTADVOCACY (CMA), FREEDOM FROM DEBT COALITION (FDC),WOMANHEALTH PHILIPPINES, PARTIDO NG MANGGAGAWA,BANTAY KITA, PHILIPPINE ALLIANCE OF HUMAN RIGHTSADVOCATES (PAHRA), (COLLECTIVELY, THE
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