Anti dynasty bill dead, FOI no longer a priority – Speaker Belmonte

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House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. says the anti-dynasty bill is considered dead in the lower house, while the freedom of information bill is no longer a legislative priority.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – There’s only a few more weeks left before the election season formally begins.

With this in mind, House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. admitted that some important proposed measures have to be dropped from the legislative priorities before Congress goes on a break for the filing of certificates of candidacy in October.

Belmonte told the media in an interview on Monday (September 21), the anti-dynasty bill is considered “dead” in the House.

The bill provides that only two members of a family up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity can run for public office.

According to Belmonte, lawmakers have mixed views on the number of members allowed to run.

The measure, which was approved in the suffrage committee chaired by Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro, was never recommended for plenary deliberations despite a separate approval by the Committee on Appropriations.

On the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, Belmonte said it is always in the calendar of business.

But the measure is no longer part of the 8 priority bills that both chambers of Congress will be discussing before they adjourn on October 10.

The House of Representatives aims to finish discussions on the Bangsamoro bill before September ends.

While the last weeks will be devoted for the approval of the 2016 national budget.