Senator Panfilo Lacson has drafted a resolution that aimed at assuring that Senate President Vicente Sotto III will keep his leadership in the Upper Chamber of Congress.
He said the idea came from Senator Manny Pacquiao.
“Actually, the idea was originally proposed by Sen Manny Pacquiao. The resolution to be routed is about a vote of confidence in the leadership of SP Sotto,” Lacson said.
He added that this move was prompted by the “insinuations made by Senators-elect Marcos and Tolentino for a leadership change for whatever motives they have — whether it’s posturing to get their desired committee chairmanships or serious attempts to elect a new Senate leader.”
Even Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri had also refused to further comment on the issue that floats the name of Senator Cynthia Villar in the Senate presidency.
“I won’t comment on the push for Senator Villar by the newly elected senators as I’m close to both Villar and Sotto. However, my last conversation with Tita Cynthia was that she was not interested. And, yes, I will sign the Manifesto for SP Sotto,” Zubiri said.
Villar had earlier on signified that she has no interest on the said position.
MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel has laid down the Senate’s priority bills in the opening of the second regular session of the 17th Congress on Monday.
“In this session, we will again address issues of national importance, we will ease the burden of working and middle class Filipinos, while ensuring all government program in funded thru the tax reform for acceleration and inclusion act or train, we will ensure the safety of our people by strengthening the anti-terrorism law…” Senate President Sen. Koko Pimentel said.
Some Administration-Allied Senators meanwhile said, they understand why the proposed reinstatement of death penalty is not included in the senate’s priority.
“Aside from death penalty, there are other priorities that we should focus on, the priority bills that would help the economy of our country,” said Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
On the other hand, the Senate Minority Bloc vowed to never stop scrutinizing and monitoring some of the controversial proposed bills of the administration.
“You cannot do Federalism, without Charter Change, so we will scrutinize closely,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon said.
“We still have to further study the tax reform program because it is a comprehensive bill, some of its provisions might be difficult to support,” Sen. Risa Hontiveros said.
Senate President Koko Pimentel hopes that more pending priority bills would be passed by the 17th Congress in its second regular session.
Twenty senators attended the formal opening of the second session of 17th Congress earlier on Monday.
The said session was also attended by some members of the president’s Cabinet and diplomatic corp. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News and Rescue
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