HOUSE Deputy Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera on Saturday lauded newly installed Speaker Lord Allan Velasco for ensuring the “timely, legal and constitutional” approval of the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021.
“Speaker Velasco earned my respect more after he made true on his promise to lead the House into approving the budget on a timely, legal and constitutional manner,” Herrera said.
Herrera also admired Velasco for his resolve to create a more inclusive House where there’s freewheeling of exchanges among members\ as shown during the deliberation and approval of the 2021 budget.
“In fact, his (Velasco’s) first order of business as Speaker was to revoke an earlier second reading approval of the 2021 spending plan and reactivate the plenary debates to give all lawmakers the chance to\ scrutinize the budget bill,” Herrera said.
Velasco also made Congress safe for its members to return and carry out their constitutional duty to legislate, Herrera said.
Meanwhile, Herrera said the House should buckle down to work after its leadership impasse has finally been resolved with the election of Velasco as the new Speaker.
“It is time for all of us in the House to leave the speakership issue behind and work together under the leadership of Speaker Velasco to pass important pieces of legislation that would benefit the Filipino people whom we represent in Congress,” Herrera said.