Presumptive Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is scheduled to meet with President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on June 20, Monday, in Davao City to discuss the legislative agenda of the incoming administration until 2020.
Pimentel also revealed that he will show Duterte the original copy of the signed Senate resolution electing him as the Senate leader for the 17 Congress which starts on July 25.
According to Pimentel, he already has the signatures of 13 senators and is also expecting a fourth one on Tuesday from Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao.
The presumptive Senate leader also expects Senator-elect Joel Villanueva and Sen. Ralph Rector to join the “super majority.”
Pimentel is also planning to have a talk with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano to convince him of joining the super coalition along with his allies. Cayetano and his supporters had earlier claimed that he had enough backing to be elected as the next Senate President.
Asked about the committee chairmanships assigned to certain super majority members, Pimentel said: “I owe it to the early supporters who joined the majority that I will respect their first choices of committees, and if there will be changes it will be with their consent. There will not be any change without their consent.”
Cayetano and Senator-elect Juan Miguel Zubiri pointed out earlier that the committee posts for public order and human rights have been given to Senators-elect Panfilo Lacson and Leila de Lima who are both non-allies. Cayetano and Zubiri commented that these posts are sensitive committees close to Duterte’s priority of eliminating crime, corruption and illegal drug trade.
However, Pimentel responded to Cayetano that non-allies are suitable for the committees because Lacson was a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief while De Lima was a former DOJ chief.
“No amount of intrigue and self-serving statements coming from him or anybody can alter what the majority of the senators of the 17th Congress consider a sealed and delivered Senate presidency to Senator Pimentel,” Lacson said of Cayetano.