Lacson: For House to sit on pending bills 'reeks of abdication'
MANILA, Philippines—? Senator Panfilo Lacson has? criticized? ? the House of? Representatives? for sitting on bills pending before the lower chamber.
Among the proposed legislation the House has yet to act on is? the controversial? franchise of? ABS-CBN Corp., which is set to expire? on May 4 this year, and not on? March? 30 as earlier reported.
“After all is said and heard, there is no changing the reality that the Supreme Court will decide if violations of the franchise law were committed and Congress has the power to grant or deny the franchise,” Lacson said in a Twitter post? Monday night.
The senator? was? apparently referring to the hearing of the Senate committee on public? services? on ABS-CBN’s? compliance? with the terms and conditions? of its own franchise.
“But for the House to sit on pending bills reeks of abdication,”? Lacson went on.
Lacson was notably absent? during Monday’s? hearing? of the committee headed? by Senator Grace Poe.
Poe’s panel also tackled? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s joint resolution, which seeks to extend the franchise? until? December? 31, 2022 or while the franchise bill? is pending? at the 18th? Congress.