House Adjourns Sine Die, Cites Leadership

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Manila, Philippines -- Speaker Feliciano Belmonte declared the sine die adjournment of the 15th Congress, expressing confidence that he would return for a second term as leader of the House of Representatives for the 16th Congress.

Receiving bipartisan praises for his successful leadership of the Lower House, Belmonte stressed that the achievements were reached due to "unity of purpose and dedication as gains towards public trust."

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, along with Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Padilla (NP, Nueva Ecija) and Bagong Henerasyon partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, rose to the podium to cite Belmonte's leadership.

Belmonte said the chamber has "redeemed the faith of the Filipino people in government."

The Lower House regained public trust and confidence as indicated by high trust ratings as reflected in major public surveys conducted by independent firms.

"We end this Congress - confident in the truth that we have, by our unity in purpose, sheer hard work and dedication to duty, won back a good measure of our people's faith in our ability to give them a House they can trust, in a government that unconditionally honors their trust," the House leader declared.

Through responsive legislation, Belmonte stressed, Congress succeeded in putting in place the "key policy pillars for good governance to achieve economic growth, people-centered political and administrative reforms, and social equity anchored on the imperative of securing the welfare of the poorest of the poor."

"Good governance by competent and upright leaders is the key to economic growth, poverty reduction and social peace. Good governance sets and implements right policies effectively, combats corruption, curbs abuse of power, and makes government and its officials accountable," Belmonte stressed.

The contribution of the Lower House to the economic successes of Congress was also noted. …