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No ‘term sharing’ for Senate presidency

June 1, 2022 People's Tonight 352 views

IS Senator ‘Migz’ Zubiri the next Senate President for the 19th Congress?

This was the question asked after Senator Cynthia Villar recently expressed support for the Senate Presidency of Zubiri, who has “openly” expressed willingness to accept the challenge.

In an interview with Villar, the lady solon said she is no longer interested in running for the “highest position in the Senate, citing that she is more focused on her Committee on Agriculture and Environment, for which she holds the chairmanship.

Earlier, it was reported that Zubiri and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on Tuesday led the contingent of lawmakers from both Houses of Congress in discussing the legislative agenda with incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during a meeting in his headquarters in Mandaluyong City.

During the courtesy call, Zubiri, who is rumored to be vying for the top Senate post, led the senators in discussing legislative plans for the next six years of the Marcos administration, while Romualdez, who is poised to become the next Speaker, presented programs on the part of the House.

The visit came after Zubiri was quoted in a report saying that Marcos has already expressed his desire for congressional leaders to immediately “shape up” the legislative agenda for the next Congress.

“In my discussion with our incoming president, President-elect Bongbong Marcos, he wants to ‘shape up’ the legislative agenda immediately,” Zubiri said in an interview at the Senate on Monday.

“He instructed me and incoming Speaker Romualdez to sit down and [discuss] possible legislative agenda for the SONA [State of the Nation Address], discussions for the SONA,” he said.

In return, Zubiri said he committed to Marcos that he would help him whether or not he becomes the next Senate president.

“So, we have a series of meetings, and we’ve been discussing how we can assist the President-elect on his legislative agenda for the 19th Congress,” he explained.

The lawmakers’ visit came a day after Marcos received ambassadors from Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, and European Union (EU) during separate courtesy calls at BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong City last Monday.

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa disclosed Tuesday that Villar has discussed with him her willingness for a “term sharing” with Migz which Senator Villar said will no longer happen.

Zubiri, however, did not discuss the possibility of term-sharing during his visit to BBM.

He was accompanied by Senators Nancy Binay, Ronald Dela Rosa, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Ralp Recto, Ramon “Bong’” Revilla Jr., and Raffy Tulfo during the visit.

Romualdez was joined on the other hand by Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin and Isabela Rep. Tonypet Albano.

Zubiri, who was re-elected as a senator in the recent election, is inching closer to becoming the next Senate president after securing the support of the majority of the senators.

Romualdez, on the other hand, is also the sure and “runaway” winner as the next House Speaker for the next Congress.

For incoming Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, there were at least two male senators who would be vying for the position.

Cayetano said no one knows yet who are the members of the majority and the minority. By Camille P. Balagtas