A political analyst expects that measures pushed by administration of President Rodrigo Duterte will see momentum in the Senate following the results of the 2019 elections.
Prof. Edmund Tayao of the Ateneo De Manila University noted that the Senate will be dominated by allies of the Duterte Administration based on the un-official count of election returns.
According to Tayao, pro-administration allies will attempt to ‘catch up’ and spur the passage of the Administration’s priority bills before the term of President Duterte comes to an end.
“Itong second half will be looking at the priorities of the Administration,” Tayao said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
These priority measures expected to get fast-tracked in the Senate include the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO) bill, death penalty bill, foreign policy measures, and the proposed shift to federal form of government.
Meanwhile, Tayao silenced fears that the Executive branch of the government will have control over the Senate due to the incoming senators. He explained that there have been times that supporters of the administration in Congress oppose the Executive’s priority bills.
“If you are voted in the slate of the Administration, there is every reason for you to vote against an Administration if it is something that’s really disagreeable from your end,” Tayao stressed.
“Kapag nakita na ng mga mambabatas na medyo hindi na acceptable yung ginagawa ng Pangulo, hindi impossible na umalma ito,” Tayao added.