Marinduque Rep. Velasco, gives insight on the 4th SONA of Pres. Duterte

BOAC, Marinduque – In a statement on the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco said, “As a legislator belonging to the Majority, I reaffirm my commitment to shepherding the President’s priority measures”.


“As expected, the President was astute and sharp in reporting to his constituents the current state of the nation. Sharing his clear vision for the remaining half of his term, President Duterte laid down his legislative agenda which centered on several measures aimed at fighting corruption, improving the peace and order, boosting the economy, and uplifting the lives of the Filipino people.”

On what needs to be done

“I suggest that the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) which is chaired by the President himself, be convened at the earliest possible time so that both the Executive and the Legislative branches of government can arrive at a Common Legislative Agenda (CLA), similar to what we did during the 17th Congress.

There must be an agreement among the Executive, the Senate, and the House of Representatives on which bills in the CLA will be prioritized so these can be enacted into laws at the soonest possible time.

As a legislator belonging to the Majority, I reaffirm my commitment to shepherding the President’s priority measures. I have already filed several bills that aim to support the President’s vision such as:

  1. Postponing the barangay elections to from May 2020 to October 2022
  2. Institutionalizing the ROTC
  3. Rightsizing of government bureaucracy

As an advocate of renewable energy and energy efficiency, I am one with the President in urging the Department of Energy to fast track projects involving renewable energy sources.”

On term-sharing

“As the President said, there is a time for everything. I believe my time will come but for now it’s time to buckle down to work. Let’s hit the ground running!”, Velasco concluded.

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Romeo A. Mataac, Jr.

Chief Correspondent at Marinduque News Network
Romeo is the founder and chief correspondent of MNN. Concurrently, he is a researcher in a leading global professional services company. Myong, as he is fondly called by his friends, is a true Marinduqueno by heart who loves travelling and exploring places.​

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