Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the presumptive president of the Republic of the Philippines, along with the winninng vice president will be proclaimed by the members of the 16th Congress on May 25.
The Congress which consists of the Senate and House of Representatives will resume sessions on May 23 after a three-month-long break due to the election campaign.
However, the first two days of sessions would be reserved for “legislative functions” with the Senate and House mostly enacting pending bills according Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday.
“When we convene on May 23, we will first perform our legislative functions. I met yesterday with Speaker Sonny Belmonte, there are a number of bills which are on the last stages of enactment, particularly there are about five bicameral conference committee reports which will have to be ratified by the House,” he said.
“There are a number of local bills and franchise bills which we will pass on third reading, which came from the House. There are also a number of local and franchise bills which were amended by the Senate and is now in the House, and the House will adopt the Senate version,” Drilon explained.
Drilon was at the Senate on May 11 to receive the first batch of certificates of canvass (CoCs) and election returns for president and vice president. “We will physically transfer these to the Batasan complex in Quezon City, where the canvassing will take place,” he told the press.
Four CoCs which came from San Juan City, Malabon City, Oriental Mindoro and those of the absentee voting have been delivered to the Senate.
Drilon could not assure when exactly NBOC will finally proclaim the next president and vice president of the country. Nevertheless, he put emphasis on the close vice presidential race between Bongbong Marcos and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo
“I do not see any problem with the presidency, but given the very tight race for the vice presidency, I would refrain from making any predictions, given the fact that we do not know how things would evolve, or what questions would be raised,” the Senate president said.
Drilon said Congress have until June 30 to proclaim the president and vice president.