CRUCIBLE OF REFORM
Even as the impeachment trial continues to hug the limelight, the 284-member House of Representatives continues to focus its energy on the crafting of significant laws aimed at further promoting good governance and socio-economic development. Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla (left) leads as presiding officer as Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Batangas Rep. Tomas Apacible staunchly stress their positions (bottom inset). Meanwhile Rep. Rex Gatchalian is caught in a huddle with Reps. Wilfrido Mark Enverga, Edgar San Luis and Mark Villar during one of their unguarded moments discussing priority measures on a typically busy session day. Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. has reported that more than 80 bills of national and local concerns and several other Resolutions were passed during the last three days of sessions, which he described as "working silently but consistently."