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Senator Paolo Aquino supported the call of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to defend the upper chamber from House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s tirades.

“Ako, to be frank about it, I think the Senate as an institution should be able to say you do your job, we will do our job and I think we should be able to do our jobs properly,” he said in a television interview.

The opposition senator shared Drilon’s stand that Alvarez went out of line by calling senators “mabagal na kapulungan” or slow chamber, for failing to act on a number of measures pending before the upper chamber.

“The premise of this statement is that Congress and the Senate are rubber stamps of the President, na kahit anong gusto ng Presidente, kailangang gawin ng Kongreso at ng Senado. But that’s not the case in a democracy,” Aquino pointed out.

The Senate and the House of Representatives have their respective mandate and have different opinion on matters pending before them.