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Lacson expresses dismay over colleagues who ‘exposed’ their votes on Gina Lopez’ confirmation

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Pro-Gina Lopez lawmakers should have said no to secret balloting instead of embarassing other CA members – Lacson.

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday (May 7) admitted being dismayed at how some of his colleagues “exposed” themselves as having voted in favor of the confirmation of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez as it effectively defeated the purpose of secret balloting in the Commission on Appointments.

“Hindi ko rin nagustuhan ‘yan kasi noong nag-usap kami ng amendment ng CA rules at napag-usapan ang executive session sa caucus tapos secret balloting, wala naman nag –object noon eh,” the senator recalled, referring to the new “rule” they adopted in the bicameral appointment body to cast, through secret balloting, their decision on the nomination of the Cabinet member.

“Parang in-expose mo na iba ang boto sa boto mo, so tama ba ‘yan? Sa akin may question doon. Sabi nila kailangan i-revisit (CA rules). Bakit hindi sila umangal nang pinag-usapan ang amendment of rules? Dapat noon pa lang nag-object na sila, in-express nila hindi kami papayag diyan,” he said in an interview with dzBB.

The said “new” rule was adopted only in the present 17th Congress.

Among the 24 CA members who deliberated on the nomination of Lopez during Wednesday’s proceedings, Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Loren Legarda, Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III took the floor to explain that they voted in favor of the former.

“Sa akin, unnecessary na mag-manifest at sabihin nila anong boto nila. Effectively in-expose mo kasamahan mo na nagsabi ng pino-propose na member ang pag-amend ng rules ang dahilan para mailigtas sa banat o kaya sa physical harm sa ibang Gabinete. So sa akin, hindi ko nagustuhan,” Lacson said.