Train Law to push through de­spite op­po­si­tion

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THE Repub­lic Act 10963 or the Tax Re­form for Ad­vance­ment and In­clu­sion (Train) Law will push through even if there are op­pos­i­tors, par­tic­u­larly the Mak­abayan bloc, who seek to nul­lify it.

This is what Puw­ersa ng Bayan­ing Atleta (PBA) Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeri­cho No­grales said dur­ing an am­bush in­ter­view yes­ter­day at the Marco Polo Ho­tel - Davao that this is what has al­ways been the sce­nario when­ever there's a new law passed.

No­grales said al­though the Mak­abayan bloc seeks the Supreme Court's com­ment on its ques­tions re­gard­ing the quo­rum and the pro­ce­dure dur­ing the law's rat­i­fi­ca­tion, no one from the mem­bers of the su­per ma­jor­ity has com­plained.

"So if we're talk­ing about the pro­ce­dural prob­lem here or any­thing, nasaan ang umaan­gal na su­per ma­jor­ity?" he said.

"As far as I'm con­cerned, this (the law) hap­pened on De­cem­ber 13, and it's now Jan­uary 12, we're one month into it and the only ones who are com­plain­ing are mem­bers out­side the ma­jor­ity," he added.

He also stressed that the ma­jor­ity should be the ones to be lis­tened to in a demo­cratic sys­tem of gov­ern­ment, adding that there was in­deed a quo­rum in the House as they can­not do busi­ness with­out a quo­rum in the House.

"There have been many in­stances in the 17th Congress, the 16th Congress and the pre­vi­ous Con­gresses where the Mak­abayan bloc ques­tioned these (ma­jor­ity and quo­rum is­sues), but I have not seen any re­ver­sal,"

he said.

Al­though No­grales ad­mit­ted that he was not present dur­ing the Bi­cam­eral Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee but he stressed that the process is that af­ter the Bi­cam cre­ates a re­port, they agree with each other, then, this re­port must be rat­i­fied by their ple­nary.

"I-rat­ify yan ng Se­nate in ple­nary, i-rat­ify yan ng House in ple­nary. If upon rat­i­fi­ca­tion in ple­nary if they have a quo­rum, ang tubag nako I'll leave it to the Supreme Court to de­cide but as far as I'm con­cerned we have fol­lowed the cor­rect pro­ce­dure and no one in the mem­bers of the su­per­ma­jor­ity is com­plain­ing, so kinsa ang naga-com­plain kana rang Mak­abayan bloc, kanang op­po­si­tion," he said.

No­grales stressed that in prac­ti­cal­ity speak­ing, since no one from the mem­bers of the su­per­ma­jor­ity ques­tioned the law, the Train Law will push through.

He even con­tin­ued em­pha­siz­ing that the Mak­abayan bloc just wants to be in the lime­light again, since the start of the Congress is on Jan­uary 15 al­ready.

"So unsa ilang tuyo diri? Kun­somo pub­liko? Kon­sumo le­gal? (So what's their point here? Public con­sump­tion or le­gal con­sump­tion?)," he said.

If ever any­body wants to stop a law from be­ing im­ple­mented, the com­plaints should be filed ear­lier for the Tem­po­rary Re­strain­ing Or­der, he added.

Mean­while, Se­nate President Koko Pi­mentel, dur­ing the same in­ter­view, also shared the same view with No­grales say­ing that as long as there's no de­ci­sion from the Supreme Court against the Train Law im­ple­men­ta­tion, the law will push through.

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