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Akala ko ba malakas Senado? Koko says Alvarez’s insults should not weaken us

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Senate President Koko Pimentel said his peers should not overreact to insults from Speaker Bebot Alvarez.

Pimentel, in an interview with reporters Monday, refused to further respond to the Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s call to respond to Speaker Bebot Alvarez’s jibe that the Senate was a “mabagal na kapulungan.”

“Akala ko ba matibay kami? We are 23 Republics, bakit bigla mawi-weaken kami sa statements ni Speaker? Wala lang ho yun, harapin na lang natin ang katotohanan na may mga taong nababagalan sa lawmaking process ng buong Piipinas so hindi lang yan ng Senate, pati House,’ said Pimentel.

“Wag na po natin masyado pang, para wala ng issue sa bansa, we’re just looking at the one statement of the Speaker, papalakihin natin para lang magka issue po tayo. Wala pong issue yun,” he added.

For Pimentel, there was no point in hitting back at Alvarez as demanded by Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon.

“I feel I have defended the Senate already. Kung kulang pa then, all members are free to defend the Senate. Tumawag na nga sa akin si Sen. Ralph Recto congratulating me. So kanya kanyang opinion tayo. Those who feel na kulang pag pagdepensa, feel free to defend the Senate,” Pimentel said.