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Knowledge and skills newbie lawmakers must acquire

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Sunday, May 19th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)

One of the hottest issues after the May 2019 polls is the entry of neophyte senators in the world of politics.

Among them are Retired PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino who now enjoy a comfortable lead in the so-called magic 12 in the senatorial race.

Just recently, General Dela Rosa made headlines when he said he wants to undergo a seminar on crafting laws.

Among the universities that offer such seminars for first-time lawmakers is the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG).

Included in their curriculum are the ways of crafting laws, the process of enacting proposed bills, various rules in various committees, and measures in conducting committee investigations.

The duration of the seminar is one week.

Undergoing the seminar is not mandatory as it is in the discretion of the new lawmakers to attend such learning sessions or not.

Several members of the House of Representatives in the 17th Congress who have undergone such seminars were Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez, Batangas 6th District Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and Bagong Henerasyon Partylist Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy.

In its official Facebook page, the UP-NCPAG announced the opening of its training program that will start in May and will end in August.

Aside from first-time lawmakers, the course is also open to re-electionist officials.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III has also stated that they are prepared to help the new members of the Senate.

“Mayroong nakaprepare ang senate secretariat even previously. We’re ready for any conferences, orientation, meetings with the new senators, even their staff. Pwede ka naman magreview e. Pwede ka naman mag-aral eh (You can always review for it . You can always take some classes),” Sotto said. (with reports from Joan Nano) /mbmf

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Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Friday, May 31st, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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Nancy Binay, kukuha ng crash course sa UP bilang paghahanda sa Senado

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013

FILE PHOTO: Si Senator-elect Nancy Binay sa proclamation rally ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) sa Cebu sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nitong 2013 Midterm Elections. (JAMES VERCIDE / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Si Senator-elect Nancy Binay sa proclamation rally ng United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) sa Cebu sa pagpapasimula ng kampanya nitong 2013 Midterm Elections. (JAMES VERCIDE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Kukuha ng crash course si newly elected senator Nancy Binay sa National College of Public Administration and Governance sa University of the Philippines (UP-NCPAG) bilang paghahanda sa kanyang pag-upo sa senado.

Ayon kay Binay, nais niyang pag-aralan ang mga pangunahing panuntunan at istruktura ng Senado.

Kasama aniyang mag-e-enroll ang kanyang staff.

Sinabi rin ng bagong halal na senador na hiningi na niya ang tulong nina senador Loren Legarda at Jinggoy Estrada para gabayan siya sa unang pagsabak sa senado. (UNTV News)

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