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Nagtatawag na! Legarda’s emissaries asking lawmakers to approve son’s franchise bid

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MANILA – Emissaries of Senate Finance Committee chair Loren Legarda are reportedly busy holding back channeling talks with several district legislators to ensure the approval of the franchise application of a company owned by Leandro Leviste, her son.

Multiple sources told Politiko that Legarda’s emissaries are working overtime to convince lawmakers at the House of Representatives for the approval of Solar Para Sa Bayan Corporation (SPBC) franchise of Leviste.

One lawmaker said some of the senator’s intermediaries have called to ask that they not interfere with the passage of House Bill 8179 in the House planary.

The lawmaker, who requested anonymity, said that there was one instance in which a group of pretending to be “advocates of renewable energy” called him and asked for a personal appointment but the callers refused the reveal their identities unless the said lawmaker will talked to them directly.

The House committee on legislative franchises has approved the franchise application of SPBC despite questions about its operations.

Buhay partylist Rep. Lito Atienza said the panel chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez approved the proposed legislation even though only two hearings have been held about it.

House Bill 8179 authored by Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap (Bohol) and Compostela Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora.

On Tuesday, Atienza revealed House officials are thinking of reverting back the measure to Alvarez’s committee for further discussions.

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