Senator and vice-presidential candidate Francis Pangilinan voted in favor of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act in 2020, contrary to claims on social media that he did not.

His tweet on July 28, 2020, however, states that he voted for Senate Bill No. 1418 seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with “serious reservations” and “with both a warning and an admonition to the implementors of the law.”

The Senate unanimously passed the bill on March 24, 2020. Duterte signed the law, Republic Act No. 11469, the same day. The law took effect the day after.

It was RA 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act that Pangilinan voted against, citing news of alleged corruption in the state health insurer, Philhealth, according to a July 28, 2020 press release.

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