So who really authored the Maternity Leave Act? Cayetano says she originally sponsored it…Hontiveros takes the credit too

In a Facebook post, Hontiveros lauded the Senate approval of the bill, saying “After 25 years, isang napakagandang regalo sa lahat ng mga kababaihan ngayong Women’s Month!

Hontiveros was referring to the Expanded Maternity Leave Act, granting paid maternity leave to all female workers regardless of their status.

“Senate Bill (SB) 1305 grants a total of 120 days of paid maternity leave to all female workers regardless of civil status or legitimacy of child, with an option to extend for another 30 days unpaid,” wrote CNN Philippines. “Single parents will get a total of 150 days of paid maternity leave.”

Principal authors of the bill according to CNN Philippines are Senators Risa Hontiveros and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara authored and sponsored the bill, which was co-authored by SenAcators Francis Pangilinan, Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay, Manny Pacquiao, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

But wait a minute kaping mainit!

Former Senator Pia Cayetano took to Facebook to stake her claim of the popular bill and wrote:

“Proud and happy to know that the maternity leave bill I originally filed and which was passed by the Senate last year has also been approved by the senators of the 17th Congress. Meanwhile, our version in the House is now under consideration in plenary. #WomensMonth”

Blogger Krizette Laureta Chu couldn’t help but make a comment on Facebook and wrote:

“Legit, non sarcastic, not for bashing question: Who really authored the 120-day expanded leave?

Pia Cayetano says she is the original author, Loren Legarda said she co authored it.
So where does Hontiveros come in?”

Let us see how netizen react to the issue.

Trish Pazon Javier commented: “Yeah,I was confused yesterday when I read GMA’s article about the expanded LMAT where Hontivirus again is claiming she is the sponsor of the measure.

‘Senator Risa Hontiveros, sponsor of the measure, earlier noted that the last time the number of maternity leave was increased was 25 years ago or in 1992.’

Ettolrahc Bucio CalaƱam said: “As usual credit grabbing c hontiveros pano kc wala ng ibang ginawa kundi pagplanuhan kng pano patalsikin c PDu30 tatak LP na yang credit grabbing kc mga inutil at tamad.”

Mj Magquilat-Sadsad remarked: “Hahahaha! May credit grabbing pill manufacturing sa LP! Oh em gee!!!”

Ethan Michael said: “Ngek! Sino nga ba? Kase may lumabas na si Hontiveros ang gumawa at nagpasa neto. Baka sumusog lang si Hontiveros. Maganda ang batas about it. Malaking tulong sa mga kababaihan. Itama lang ang report! Ganun kasimple.walang kahirap hirap. Sino po talaga may akda ng batas na yan?”

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