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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte gave several marching orders to lawmakers in his second state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday.
Among them were the controversial bill reviving the death penalty for heinous crimes and the comprehensive tax reform bill.
Both measures have been passed at the House of Representatives and are now pending before the Senate.
Sen. Dick Gordon said the death penalty bill would still have to pass through debates at the upper chamber.
"The President is our friend but we don't march to all his drumbeat," Gordon said.
He added he was also uncertain that the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program would pass in full at the Senate. The proposed measure had been criticized as anti-poor because it would lower personal income tax but would increase tax on petroleum, cars and sugar-sweetened products.