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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



22 March 2023 09:00:39 PM

The House of Representatives led by Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Wednesday adopted in plenary the findings and recommendations of the Committee on Ethics and Privileges contained in Committee Report 472 on the motu proprio investigation regarding the continued absence of Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr.’s in Congress.
Committee Chairperson Rep. Felimon Espares, in his sponsorship speech, said the panel recommended the imposition of a 60-day suspension on Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. after defying the orders of the House to return to the country and perform his duties as House Member.
Rep. Teves was given the orders following the expiration of his travel clearance for a personal trip.
Speaker Romualdez directed the House Secretariat to disseminate copies of Committee Report 472 to all agencies concerned.
Meanwhile, the House approved on second reading House Bill 7751, which would establish specialty centers in select Department of Health (DOH)-hospitals. It would mandate the DOH to prioritize the establishment of centers for 17 specialties, including cancer care, renal care and kidney transplant, trauma care, infectious disease and tropical medicine, mental health, and geriatric care, among others.
Lawmakers also ratified the bicameral conference committee reports on the disagreeing provisions of 1) House Bill (HB) 6336 and Senate Bill (SB) 1850, emancipating agrarian reform beneficiaries from financial burden by condoning unpaid amortizations and interest and exempting payment of estate tax on agricultural lands awarded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program; and 2) HB 6517 and SB 1849, further strengthening professionalism and promoting continuity of policies and modernization initiatives in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The House adopted House Resolution (HR) 395, creating the House of Representatives Institute for Legislation and Legislative Governance; and HR 864, honoring and commending the Junior Chamber International Philippines on its 75th Anniversary and for its notable contributions to the country’s development. Prior to adjournment, the House authorized all committees to hold meetings and public hearings during the recess, from March 23 to May 7, 2023.
Speaker Romualdez and Deputy Speaker Aurelio Gonzales Jr. presided over the session.