Senate ratifies CARP extension Law

August 3, 2009 9:36 am 

MANILA, August 3 —Senate ratified on Monday the bicameral conference report of the five-year extension of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Seventeen senators ratified the bicameral report, which was introduced to the floor by Senator Gregorio Honasan, the former chairman of the senate committee on agrarian reform.

Senator Joker Arroyo informed the floor that prior to the ratification of the CARP extension law that he was “tempted” to vote against the bicameral report since it deleted the provision requiring the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to submit an audited financial report on the P160 billion that had been spent by the government since its inception.

Arroyo also voted in favor of the measure since he had signed the original CARP Law as executive secretary of Mrs. Aquino.

The Senate also suspended its session for one week to mourn the death of former President Cory Aquino.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said the Senate opened its session Monday “only to give to the eulogy and prayers that will be offered for President Aquino.”

”We will spend most of the time with prayers as tribute to the former chief executive in deference to the death of our great leader, a person whose legacy in restoring the democracy shall never be forgotten,” Zubiri said.

After meeting with the Senate leaders, Zubiri said they agreed to schedule only one business agenda, which is the ratification of the bicameral conference committee report on the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) extension bill. ”The CARP is the priority legislation of former President Aquino. It was the center piece of her legislative agenda in her six years in office and in respect to her, we will approve it today,” Zubiri said before the start of the Monday session.(PNA)

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