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Change has come! Senate Secretary Barbo to be replaced today

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By Xave Gregorio

Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo is set to be replaced today (May 29) by one of Senate President Tito Sotto’s abogados, Politiko has learned.

Senate President Tito Sotto confirmed to Politiko in a text message that Barbo would be resigning today and would be replaced by abogado Myra Villarica.

Barbo submitted his “irrevocable resignation” as Senate secretary today “to afford the Senate President with the opportunity to choose a person of his confidence.”

“It was a rare honor and privilege to have been twice elected as Secretary of the Senate in November 2000, under the leadership of then Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., and again in July 2016, under Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III,” Barbo said in his resignation letter.

Sources told Politiko that Villarica would be elected to the post at the start of today’s Senate session at 2 p.m.

Barbo is the longtime aide of the father and son Pimentels, who resigned from his post to give way to a change in the Senate leadership, where Sotto became the new Senate chief.

The abogado hailing from Leyte has bid farewell to Senate staff last week, at the flag ceremony the morning before Pimentel was replaced by Sotto.

Until Monday (May 28), Barbo was still Senate secretary and was aiding in the presiding of Senate sessions.

Villarica, a former Tourism undersecretary, vice president for corporate affairs of Food Terminal, Inc., and legal counsel of the formerly ruling Liberal Party, is also among the nominees to become a commissioner of the Commission on Elections.

She is set to become one of the handful women who have become Senate secretary.