Bill declaring Marcos’ birthday a local holiday likely to get Senate nod, says Sotto

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 3)— A bill declaring late president Ferdinand Marcos’ birthday as a holiday in Ilocos Norte will likely “breeze” through the Senate if a similar measure reaches the chamber, its president Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said Thursday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Sotto said he sees no objection to such measure, as he explained that bills of local application are usually not intensively debated upon.

“A bill of local application when it comes to the Senate usually is not really debated upon. It’s a bill of local application, it’s for Ilocos Norte. I doubt if there will be objections to that,” Sotto said in an interview with The Source.

“If it’s nationwide, baka magkakaroon ng objection 'yan, medyo mahihirapan 'yan (maybe it would have objections, it would be hard to pass that)… Usually bills of local application breeze through the Senate unless one or two objects,” he added.

Voting 197 to 9 with one abstention, the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 7137— which seeks to declare every September 11 as "President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day" in the northern province.

A counterpart bill has yet to be filed in the Senate, according to Sotto.

The late executive was born on September 11, 1917 in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. The lawyer and politician served in the House of Representatives and the Senate prior to being president of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986.

He was likewise known for declaring martial law in the country in 1972, also in September.