Congress eyeing Bayanihan-type of legislation called ‘BBM’ – Romualdez

Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Thursday said the next Congress is eyeing the passage of Bayanihan-type of legislation to be called Bayan Bangon Muli (BBM) and resetting of the scheduled December barangay elections to save P8 billion that can be used to fight the pandemic.

“It was [presumptive] President Marcos’ initials, BBM or Bayan Bangon Muli bill stimulus package that will allow the incoming President to harness the resources available during the closing period of 2022 and [pass] measures that are needed for the pandemic, hopefully endemic stage of this COVID,” Romualdez said.

“Isa po sa hinaing (ang resetting of barangay polls) ng barangay chairpersons na na-met natin sa Liga ng mga Barangays, so we shall consider that,” Romualdez said.

Romualdez said the next Congress will prioritize the passage of presumptive President Marcos Jr.’s legislative agenda.

“More importantly, we are trying to ensure that the priority legislation of the incoming President, President-elect BBM will be aided and supported with measures that will allow him to pursue his agenda for the people,” Romualdez told reporters in an ambush interview.

Moreover, Romualdez said that the 18th Congress still has a pending task to fullfill, which is to canvass and proclaim the winning president and vice president.

Meanwhile, officials and members of PDP-Laban on Thursday affirmed their support for Romualdez to be elected Speaker in the next Congress.

Led by PDP-Laban President and Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi, they made their affirmation of support for Romualdez during a lunch meeting.

The affirmation is a follow-up to the statement made last Saturday by PDP-Laban that their party was supporting Romualdez for the speakership.

On Tuesday, Romualdez met with Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, who was reelected representative of the lone district of Marinduque, and with former President and returning Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Wednesday. Velasco and Arroyo declared their support for Romualdez.

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