Philippines House Panel Sets Deadline for Action

27 November 2013

A committee of the House of Representatives in the Philippines Nov. 26 voted 10-5 to have a consolidated measure done by Feb. 14.

The House committee on public information approved the motion by Representative Emmeline Aglipay mandating a previously  technical working group led by committee chairman Jorge Almonte to consolidate all 19 versions by February. The working group had yet to convene.

Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia opposed the motion, saying the group should set its own timeline, according to media reports.

Earlier in the day, 16 representatives issued a manifesto urging the immediate passage of the bill.

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