Quezon City — Despite the looming rain, senior citizens, workers, and groups in support of the Social Security System (SSS) pension hike held a short program at the gate of the House of Representatives.
After much prodding from security to let them in, the pensioners and supporters managed to enter the plenary session hall to make their sentiments heard before the legislators.
Should the House of Representatives reach a quorum, today is the last day that Congress is set to decide on the SSS pension hike bill before the body takes a break for the election campaign period.
House Bill 5842 — authored by Bayan Muna partylist representative Neri Colmenares — seeks to add P2,000 to the current P1,200 SSS pension. The bill was vetoed by President Benigno Aquino III.
Groups call on to the legislators of the Lower House to vote to override Aquino’s veto.
Bagong Alysansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes urged the original 211 lawmakers who voted yes to the pension hike to cross party lines and reaffirm their votes before the session ends.
“The House leadership should not shut the doors prematurely on the resolution to override the veto,” Reyes said.
Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno calls on the broader public to take part in the campaign, which they foresee will become a longer fight towards change in social security.
“We are calling on all Filipinos who want a P2,000 across-the-board hike in SSS pensions to continue to speak out and join various forms of collective action even if Congress refuses or fails to override Aquino’s veto,” KMU vice-chairperson Roger Soluta said in a statement.