President Rodrigo Duterte is flanked by lawmakers during the Ceremonial Signing of the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) at the Malacañan Palace on December 19, 2017. The President has earlier joined the lawmakers, government officials and guests in the singing of the Philippine National Anthem before the ceremonial signing. Present during the event were Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, and other lawmakers including Quirino Representative Dakila Cua, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, and House Deputy Speaker Mylene Garcia-Albano.
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