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Senator Lacson’s Sotto-Pimentel Senate Presidency Agreement Announcement Premature but True


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

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Seniority-wise, Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III is set to succeed Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. This can happen within this year, Senator Panfilo Lacson said. He cites that both seem to have an “agreement” that the Senate would respect. However, the senators deny this at this time but assure the public that they would soon talk. Previously, Senator Sotto reveals that he has reliable sources that can shed light on the anomalies of the 2016 election that is now the subject of the ongoing VP recount. The change of leadership can definitely give Bongbong Marcos an upper hand against Vice President Leni Robredo.

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[VIDEO]: Bukas daw si Sen. Tito Sotto kung sakaling ipasa sa kanya ang liderato sa Senado.

Senator Lacson’s View

Senator Lacson estimates that the change in Senate leadership may happen in June or July, or in October at the latest. He speaks logically based on the legal process. Pimentel needs to give up his post for his re-election bid. Sotto is next in line in terms of experience.

No Agreement Yet

In previous reports, Lacson said the Senate will respect the agreement between the two if there’s any. However, Pimentel is yet to talk to Sotto on this matter. Sotto also confirms that there is no direct indication yet on that issue. There must be a caucus because two parties cannot decide only by themselves.

Will Talk Soon

Pimentel said there is “no agreement” yet. However, he added: “But will talk to Senator Sotto immediately upon arrival from Europe. Then hold majority caucus.” He is ready to vacate the post once the required 13 votes are reached. This pronouncement jives with Sotto’s thoughts. Therefore, it is likely to happen really soon.

Much Favored Senate President to Be

Like Pimentel, Sotto is a staunch ally of President Rodrigo Du30. The only difference is, there’s no doubt of his loyalty whereas Pimentel can be “friendly” to the Liberal Party members. Sotto also is the most senior among all senators and has more core allies in the chamber than Pimentel, whose only party mate is neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao. Sotto definitely gets the nod of the majority with his expose and exchanges against the unpopular VP.

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Lacson: SC’s P81.46 M Deposit Requirement for Marcos Electoral Protest is a System Flaw

Marcos electoral protest

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

After the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET ordered Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni to pay a total of P81.46 million for the Marcos election protest, the latter said that he will protest not to say whereas Leni Robredo’s camp said that they will issue a statement after the holidays.

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[VIDEO]: 24 Oras: Robredo at Marcos, pinagbabayad para gumulong na ang pagdinig sa election protest

Supreme Court Rule

The tribunal’s rules mandated that the cash for the protest and counter-protest is P500 for each precinct involved to bring the contested ballot boxes and election documents for the recount. Marcos requested for a manual recount of 36,365 clustered precincts while he requested for the annulment of the results of 2,756 clustered precincts. The total 38,221 clustered precincts are composed of 132,446 precincts.

SC’s Calculation

In a resolution, the tribunal required Marcos to deposit a total of P66,223,000 for the 132,446 precincts. Meanwhile, Robredo was ordered to pay P15,639,000 for the 31,278 precincts included in her counter-protest. Both camps are required to pay the cash deposit in two installments on or before Good Friday, April 14 and July 14.

Lacson’s Move

Senator Panfilo Lacson questioned a Supreme Court’s order asking the Vice Presidential rivals in the Marcos election protest to pay millions of pesos for the case to continue with the case. He calls it a system flaw that needs to be corrected.

Further Delay on Marcos Electoral Protest

Lacson explained that the winner of an election who is already harassed with a poll protest or cheated must not be made to pay an enormous amount of money to be proclaimed the winner. This is a flaw in Tthe system, Lacson thinks. “Therefore, I will study and propose legislation to correct that flawed system on electoral protests,” he said. So, further delay in the Marcos electoral protest can certainly be expected.