- Senators and their staff were required to attend an orientation at the Senate on June 27
- Senators-elect Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva are present
- Former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao were not able to make it
Of all the five neophyte senators, only three, Senators-elect Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva were present at an orientation on Monday, June 27. Leila De Lima and Manny Pacquiao failed to attend.
The senators were briefed regarding their work, security, maintenance and their salaries.
The chief of staff of Pacquiao told the media that he could not make it because he has a meeting with several local officials.
The former justice secretary explained in a text message that she was not able to go to the orientation because she has a schedule conflict.
"I just sent a team headed by my CoS (chief of staff), ” she said.
De Lima assured that she "was previously briefed, one-on-one, by a Senate official.”
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Meanwhile, Hontiveros said the orientation was useful.
“I’m super excited na makapagtrabaho bilang senador, dalhin yung plataporma ng universal health care at isulong yung agenda ng social protection at lahat ng agenda ng batayang sector,” she said.
(I’m super excited to work as Senator, bring the universal health care platform, and push for the social protection agendas and all agendas of the small sectors.)
Villanueva described the briefing as “Interesting and very helpful kasi anim na taon tayong wala dun sa legislation but there’s so much similarity sa pinangalingan nating bahay, dun sa House of Representatives. More than anything, talagang nakaka excite.”
(It was interesting and very helpful because it has been six years that I haven’t been in the legislation, but there’s so much similarity compared with where we came from: the House of Representatives. More than anything, it is really exciting.)
“I’m very excited also dahil yung goal naman natin from the very start hindi lang manalo sa elekyon kung hindi makagawa at makalikha ng maraming trabaho dito sa Senado,” Villanueva added.
(I’m very excited also because our goal from the very start is not just to win in the elections but also to enact and do a lot of work here in the Senate.)
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Gatchalian noted that the legislative work in the Senate and Congress are almost the same.
“Maraming similarities. In fact, I’d say almost 80 percent similar in terms of services, process. May mga unique thing lang, yung building, yung physical aspect, but in general halos pareho naman.” he said.
(There are a lot of similarities. In fact, I’d say that they are 80% similar in terms of services, process. There are unique things though, like the building, the physical aspect, but in general they are almost the same.)– HB, Kami Media
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