Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday is just not feeling the warmth from President Rodrigo Duterte to pace up the passage of his tax reform package deal within the Senate
In his State of the Nation Address, Duterte informed the chair of the Senate methods and means committee that his eyes have been peeled on what he would do with the tax payments within the Senate particularly since he would search re-election in 2019.
But Angare stated he was not rattled by being informed what to achieve this publicly as a result of this was simply a part of the President’s administration model.
“I knew naman darating din ‘yun. Ini-expedct naman natin ‘yun kasi priority measure talaga. (But) alam mo, kailangan mo ring sakyan si President eh. ‘Yun ang lengwahe nya eh,” he stated in an interview with reporters.
“He just gives it a little more urgency I think. At inako na ni Presidete na sya talaga ang may gusto nitong tax package. I think it makes it more urgent for Congress to tackle this bill at sa parte natin sa komite, talagang minamadali naman natin eh,” Angara stated.
But the senator stated the passage of the tax reform bill would rely not solely on him but additionally his colleagues.
“I’m simply the chairman, could model tayo (of the bill however) on the finish of the day, ang masusunod dyan, yung majority of the senators, kung ano ang sa
tingin nila ay tama,” he stated.
Angara reiterated his pronouncements made after the President’s SONA, that he’s prepared to resign as methods and means chair if he wouldn’t have the assist of his colleagues.
“Sa akin kasi, you serve at the pleasure of your colleagues. You’re elected by your colleagues, your colleagues chose you as the chairperson. So I will consult my colleagues kung happy ba sila sa version ko kasi at the end of the day, kailangan mo rin ng majority of senators to support your committee report para mailabas mo ‘yun. Pero kung hindi natin makuha yung suporta, we might as well resign di ba?” he stated.
But Angara stated there must be “teamwork” between the Legislative and the Executive in arising with a suitable model particularly as in some controversial points.