BENIGNO S. AQUINO III’S LEGISLATIVE AGENDABills filed by BENIGNO S. AQUINO III IN THE SENATESenate Bill Summary Status
Amending theGovernmentProcurement Act(SB 2160)SBSA filed a bill amending section 4 of RA9184 or the Government Procurement Act tomake it very clear that it applies to allgovernment procurement activities, regardlessof source of funds, whether local or foreign,and that only treaties or international or executive agreements entered into by thegovernment prior to its enactment shall beexempt from its coverage. This bill was filed inlight of the declaration by the DOJ of thevalidity of the NBN-ZTE deal citing itsinternational and executive agreement natureas reason for its exemption from theprocurement process as stipulated in RA 9184.Pending in theCommittees onConstitutionalAmendments,Revision of Codes andLaws, andFinanceBudgetImpoundmentControl Act(SB 3121)Impoundment is the power of the President torefuse the release of funds appropriated byCongress. However, this power has been usedand abused by the President and in theprocess “emasculating Congress’ authority tocheck the President’s authority to spend publicfunds.” That is why SBSA filed Senate Bill 3121or the Budget Impoundment Control Act whichrequires the President to submit to Congressfor approval the “Rescission or Reservation of a Budget Appropriation” every time he/shedecides to impound part of the budget.Pending in theCommittee onFinanceIncreasingPenalties for Non-compliancein the WageRationalizationAct(SB 2036)SBSA filed Senate Bill 2036 which seeks toincrease the penalties imposed on corporationsor work establishments who are non-compliantwith the minimum wage set by law.
Pending in theCommittee onLabor,Employmentand HumanResourcesDevelopmentBanning the re-appointment of members of theJBC that alreadyserved a fullterm(SB 1710/SBSA filed a bill banning reappointments to theJudicial and Bar Council in order to avoid thepossibility of instances where its members, intheir desire to be reappointed to the Council,succumb to pressure from the executive tonominate individuals based on politicalconsiderations instead of their actual meritsPassed in theSenatePending in theHouse of Representatives