Tax reform, BBL, bgay polls deferment top Congress leaders’ priority list of 35 measures

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Senate President Koko Pimentel and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listen as President Duterte delivers his second SONA Monday, July 24. Leaders of both chambers have listed 35 priority bills on the agenda of the second regular session. MALACANANG PHOTO

MANILA – The Senate and the House of Representatives have identified 35 bills they would give priority to in the second regular session of the 17th Congress, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said.

The measures include the comprehensive tax reform bill, proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, the bill ending contractualization, national identification system, and the postponement of the barangay elections scheduled in October this year.

Emerging from the meeting of Congress leaders Wednesday, Fariñas said they plan to sit down with the President in the LEDAC (Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council) to harmonize the priorities of the chambers with that of the Executive.

Farinas said they divided the year into four quarters to help them craft a timeline for the passage of the bills.

Below is the list of priority bills of Congress: