Press Release
November 22, 2006

Senate President gladdened by Pulse Asia survey vindicating the Senate

It will be work, work and work for the Senate in the remaining session days of the year.

Senate President Manny Villar, President of Nacionalista Party said today that the Senate will keep the pace and approve as many priority measures as possible to notch up the upper chambers record performance and deliver on its commitment to pass meaningful measures.

Tuloy-tuloy na po ito, hanggat hindi namin naipapasa ang mga panukalang batas na sa paniniwala namin ay malaki ang maidudulot na kaginhawahan at katiwasayan ng loob sa ating mga kababayan, Villar said.

He said high up in the Senate agenda is the proposed P1.136 trillion General Appropriations Act of 2007, which is now in the plenary. We will work overtime to pass this very important piece of legislation and restore normalcy in enactment on or before New Years Day, Villar said.

Villar said the high marks that the 23-man upper chamber garnered in the latest Pulse Asia survey is a vindication for the Senate, and it validates the continuing relevance of the Senate, despite moves to have it abolished.

This is the vote of confidence for the Senate. This proves that in the eyes of the people, we are doing something right.

Villar said the Senate will be churning up bills before the Congress adjourns for the Yuletide break. We want to greet the New Year with no unfinished business. We would like to clear our agenda of all pending matters. To achieve these, we have agreed to hold morning and night sessions, Monday to Friday. Bills will be tackled assembly-line fashion without sacrifice debate.

We will not gloat. We will just work hard, by doing so, we debunk claims that we are an obstructionist Senate. We will focus on bills our people need.

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