Zubiri sees better coordination between Malacañang, Senate with Bong Go

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 20 2019 11:06 PM | Updated as of May 21 2019 12:13 AM

MANILA - Several senators during Monday's all-party caucus have expressed their strong position against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to veto a number of measures passed by both houses of Congress.

"Maraming naglabas ng sama ng loob kanina dun sa vetoed measures at nag-signify that they will ask questions about these finance-led vetoed measures," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters.

Among the "6-7 bills" vetoed by the president that raised the howl of a number of senators include the Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub (RICH) bill, SolGen bill, coconut levy and coco authority amendments. 

"Kaya umaapela kami sa Malacañang, magmi-meeting po kami with the new members of the Senate and there will be some members of the Malacañang Cabinet. We said that we should have an effective PLLO (Presidential Legislative Liaison Office) nang sa ganun masabihan na agad mga chairman kung lulusot ba ito o hindi," he said.

Zubiri said the Senate is looking at a clearer coordination between the Office of the President and the Senate with the eventual inclusion of Christopher "Bong" Go in the upper chamber.

"We complained to him (Go), nag-complain kami sa kaniya. Sabi nya hindi na raw 'yan mangyayari kasi siyempre kasi malalaman na niya kung okay sa presidente," zubiri says.

Zubiri sees Go as the Senate's "de facto" presidential legislative liaison officer given his closeness to Duterte.

"We’ll still have a PLLO. Sec. Bong said that they are planning to come up with a replacement of the PLLO office," Zubiri said.

Zubiri, meanwhile, expressed dismay over the seeming defeat of Sen. JV Ejercito in the midterm elections.

He said they have advised Ejercito to run with them in 2022.

Ejercito, for his part, said he will still think about it given the fact that his mother, outgoing San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez, had disposed many of her assets to support his failed candidacy.