Palace urges 12 new se­na­tors: Help Duterte ful­fill prom­ises

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MALA­CAÑANG on Wed­nes­day, May 22, prod­ded the 12 newly-pro­claimed se­na­tors to help Pres­i­dent Rodrigo Duterte achieve his leg­isla­tive agenda to im­prove the lives of the Filipino peo­ple.

The Palace made the call as it con­grat­u­lated the “vic­to­ri­ous” sen­a­to­rial as­pi­rants.

“The Palace joins the Filipino peo­ple in con­grat­u­lat­ing the 12 vic­to­ri­ous candidates for se­na­tor who have been en­trusted with the man­date of leg­is­lat­ing new poli­cies and pro­grams they com­mit to re­fine the cur­rent le­gal frame­work of the coun­try. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of them,” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said in a state­ment.

“We ex­press con­fi­dence that these newly-pro­claimed se­na­tors will be fealty to their oath, loyal to the Con­sti­tu­tion, (and) obe­di­ent to the laws of the land and (to) our peo­ple. That means all of us are con­fi­dent that they will do their best as leg­is­la­tors and en­act laws which are not only con­sci­en­tious but ben­e­fi­cial to the wel­fare of the nation and its cit­i­zenry,” he added.

Panelo’s state­ment came af­ter the Com­mis­sion on Elec­tions, sit­ting as the Na­tional Board of Can­vassers, of­fi­cially pro­claimed Wed­nes­day the 12 sen­a­tors­e­lect.

The new set of se­na­tors who will join the 18th Congress are Cyn­thia Vil­lar, Grace Poe, Christo­pher Lawrence Go, Pia Cayetano, Ronald dela Rosa, Edgardo Juan An­gara, Manuel Lapid, Maria Imelda Josefa Mar­cos, Fran­cis To­lentino, Aquilino Pi­mentel III, Ra­mon Revilla Jr., and Nancy Bi­nay.

Only three - Poe, Bi­nay, and Lapid - won the May 13 midterm elec­tions even with­out the en­dorse

ment of Duterte.

Panelo said the ex­ec­u­tive was op­ti­mistic that all se­na­tors, in­clud­ing those who are not al­lied with Duterte, would fo­cus on pub­lic ser­vice rather than re­sort to “ex­ces­sive pol­i­tick­ing.”

“Af­ter a gru­el­ing bat­tle, it is hope that ev­ery pro­tag­o­nist lays down their po­lit­i­cal sword and vow to the will of the elec­torate by giv­ing their pre­ferred choices a chance of lead­ing the coun­try to­wards progress,” he said.

“So we call on ev­ery­one and all sides of the spec­trum to have a mora­to­rium in what ap­pears to most of us as ex­ces­sive pol­i­tick­ing that has only caused more di­vi­sions amongst us./sun­star Philip­pines

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