Duterte vetoes bill expanding OSGhome/News/Nation/Duterte vetoes bill expanding OSGPresident Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill expanding the power of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), saying granting additional benefits to the agency’s employees may be “too onerous to the government.”In his veto message addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives dated March 7, Duterte said while he supported the strengthening of the OSG, he also considered the “impact” of the bill “on the entire government bureaucracy.”“I am apprehensive that the provisions thereof granting benefits beyond the current compensation framework for other government offices may prove to be too onerous to the government,” the President said. “The new benefits granted in addition to the benefits enjoyed by other government offices would erode the national government’s thrust to standardize and rationalize the current compensation framework in the bureaucracy,” he added. Under the enrolled Senate Bill 1823 and House Bill 7376, the OSG would takeover the functions of the Presidential Commission on Good Government, which was tasked to recover the alleged ill-gotten wealth of former president Ferdinand Marcos and his allies. The proposed law would have allowed the OSG to hire more lawyers and augment its employee benefits. It also seeks to extend the benefits enjoyed by Supreme Court and Court of Appeals justices to the solicitor general when he or she retires after 15 years of service.
Source: Manila Times March 15, 2019 16:07 UTC