As the 16th Congress comes to an end, Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV emerged as its top performer – being the primary sponsor of the most number of bills signed into law to be implemented nationwide.
Trillanes was the main author of 10 bills and the main sponsor of 11 bills that have been enacted into law. The senator comes after Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero as the poorest among the 24 senators in the Philippines during the 16th Congress.
Trillanes’ camp said that the top-performing senator’s most important sponsored and authored bills are the Chemistry Law; Cabotage Law Social Work Law; declaration of Armed Forces of the Philippines Week; Farm Tourism Law; Forestry Law; Increase in Burial Assistance for Veterans; increase in Subsistence Allowance of soldiers and other uniformed personnel; Metallurgical Engineering Law; Nutrition and Dietetics Law; and the Strategic Trade and Management Act.
Other bills that have Trillanes as their principal author and are waiting the President’s approval are the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering bill; Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Derivative Pension for Children/Survivors bill; Comprehensive Nursing bill; Continuing Professional Development bill; and the Pharmacy bill.
Trillanes and fellow Senators Escudero, Ferdinand ‘’Bongbong’’ R. Marcos Jr., Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Gregorio ‘’Gringo’’ Honasan lost to Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo in the May 9 vice presidential election.
Of the five senators who ran for the vice presidential post, Cayetano, Escudero, Honasan and Trillanes will resume their duties in the Senate on July 1 as they still have a remaining three years in their six-year term as senators. The six-year senatorial term of Marcos ends on June 30.
Sen. Trillanes is also one of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest rivals, accusing the latter of failure to declare hundreds of millions of dollars in his bank account.