Pimentel, Cayetano, set to talk about senate presidency

admin   •   June 28, 2016   •   2633

Sen. Koko Pimentel (left) and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (right).

Sen. Koko Pimentel (left) and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (right).

PASAY CITY, Philippines — Majority of the senators agree that senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Koko Pimentel should sit and talk over the senate leadership.

According to Senator-elect Juan Miguel Zubiri, the two senators are set to discuss the issue.

“I was talking to Senator Koko on Monday last week and his commitment to me is to reach out to Alan after his meeting with Duterte,” Zubiri told reporters.

Zubiri believes that the two senators should reconcile considering that they are both supporting the legislative agenda of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

“I hope that they talk. One can be senate president while the other can be senate president pro-tempore. Then, they can always do a swap later on. Let them discuss it among themselves,” Zubiri stated.

Senator-elect Joel Villanueva also confirmed the upcoming meeting between Pimentel and Cayetano.

“The last time I spoke with Senator Koko, he said he and Senator Alan are set to talk together with President-elect Digong.”

Sen. Koko has the numbers unless something happened.

Pimentel once said that 17 senators have signified support his bid as the next senate president.

But for some senators, they are still weighing things on who to support.

“They’re both my friends. Senator Alan Cayetano was the first one who talked to me. But Senator Koko Pimentel and I have also talked about the matter,” said Sen. JV Ejercito.

“I’m still hoping that there is still time for them to reconcile before the 17th congress formally opens,” he added.

(BRYAN DE PAZ/UNTV NEWS)

Lacson to file resolution seeking vote of confidence on SP Sotto

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson

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.

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

The minority, on the other hand, said they are not going to meddle on the issue.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the selection of the Senate President is in the hands of the majority bloc. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 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

Senate to prioritize Tax Reform Package, Anti-Terrorism Bill and Federalism in the reopening of session

UNTV News   •   July 24, 2017

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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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