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Koko, Sotto defend Senate reshuffle: Para magkaalaman na sino magkakampi!

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The leadership of the Senate fell short of calling those from the so-called Liberal Party (LP) bloc as “obstructionists” insofar as their legislative priorities are concerned.

“Work in the Senate has been hampered by the blurring of lines between the majority and the minority to the detriment of public interest. There have been instances where the majority, instead of closing ranks, ended up divided,” Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said in a statement after they adjourned the day’s plenary session Monday (Feb. 27).

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said the exact same thing, echoing the pronouncements of Pimentel that clear lines have to be drawn in other for them to achieve the Senate’s legislative agenda.

“Let’s just say that we’re going to clear the blurred lines,” Sotto told reporters before the afternoon session or before Sen. Manny Pacquiao sought on the floor the declaration of the chairmanships of Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino and the position of Sen. Franklin Drilon as president pro tempore vacant.

Pimentel assured that the upper chamber will remain independent and true to its role as the last bastion of democracy in the country.