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Duterte vetoes bill seeking to expand Solicitor General’s power

Manila: PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte vetoed a bill expanding the power of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), citing that 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 said. (manilatimes)

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