Solons propose extension of their term until new lawmakers assume post

January 20, 2010 10:46 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Jan. 20 — Three members of the House of Representatives filed a bill extending for a maximum of six months the term of office of incumbent members of both Chambers of Congress.

House Bill 7108, or the "Holdover Act of 2010," filed by Nueva Ecija Rep. Eduardo Nonato Joson, Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla, and Tarlac Rep. Jeci Lapus, proposes that incumbent members of the Senate and the House of Representatives "continue to hold office after their term of office until the new members are duly elected, proclaimed, and assumed office."

The lawmakers said they filed the proposed measure amid fears that the May elections — the first nationwide automated polls in Philippine history — would be a failure.

Let legislators take over the country for the meantime by extending their terms for a maximum of six months in case the May 10 elections do not take place, or if there is a failure of elections, they said.

Under the proposed measure, the temporary holdover of lawmakers should not exceed six months from the expiration of their terms of office. They will only step down when new lawmakers shall have been elected.

"It is hoped that with this legislation, the dire consequences of a failure of election, political anarchy, violent take-overs, and opportunism shall be averted," the proponents of HB 7108 said. (PNA)



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