He added that there's no enrolled bill
to speak of, and nothing for the President to sign.
It was only last week when Sotto signed the enrolled bill
on the budget with "strong reservations," thus paving the way for its submission to Malacanang for Duterte's signature.
'And it bears watching if they will really withdraw their version of the enrolled bill
When the Senate adopted the House version, it should now be an enrolled bill
and sent to the President for signature.
'After a careful perusal of the enrolled bill
submitted to the Office of the President, it was found out that a major amendment to the bill was not included in the Bicameral Conference Committee Report.' the Resolution stated, adding: 'there is a need to withdraw the enrolled bill
to enable Congress to reconsider its approval and introduce a major amendment which it failed to include in the Bicameral Conference Committee.'
Meanwhile, SWP noted that the "ball is now in the court" of Duterte to "remove the unconstitutional provisions and all forms of pork barrel allocations" in the enrolled bill
of the proposed 2019 budget.
We welcome that they have finally settled their differences so we hope that they would be submitting the enrolled bill
and for the President to go over it and sign it if it conforms with the Constitution,' Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters in Malacanang on Monday.
He said the enrolled bill
, signed by House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, has yet to be transmitted to the Office of the President for signing.
Despite the disruption of the BOL timeline-both chambers had planned to submit their ratified version to the President so he can sign it on Sona day-Duterte declared his full intent to sign the same as soon as the enrolled bill
gets to his desk, but gave federalism, as embodied in a draft charter by his 22 hand-picked drafters, only passing mention.
The enrolled copy is now going to be enrolled bill
presented to President.
'So it's still a stalemate because if the House would insist on considering their printed copy [of the spending bill] as the enrolled bill
, it will not reach Malacanang,' he said.
The President said the consolidated enrolled bill
'unduly broadens the scope and definition of prohibited labor-only contracting, effectively proscribing forms of contractualization that are not particularly unfavorable to the employees involved.'