Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Welcomes Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

SEN. BONGBONG MARCOS: I’m happy to have him on board. We could use his assistance and talents. We need all the help we can get. Pagsalubong ko nga sa kanya kanina sinabi ko na ginagawa namin ang mga iniwan ng kanyang ama na si Senator Nene sa local government committee at humingi na ako sa kanya ng tulong dahil I am sure may expertise siya at sinabi ko na kung pwede nya tayong tulungan. And I understand that he is willing to help us. He has a lot of interest in the subject. We are happy to welcome him not only to the Senate but also to the cause of the local governments.

QUESTION: To be a member of local government committee?

MARCOS: We are looking to that but you know member or not there is a lot of workto be done and there’s a lot of help that our new senator can provide us. Remember the Pimentels also come from Batac so parang isang kababayan ko ay napunta sa Senado. So I’m very happy. But further than that, I am happy to have someone else in the Senate na ang interest ay nasa local government and he is certainly a big asset for us who are working for the local government issues.

QUESTION: Unlike the other senator, you are not giving up the local government?

MARCOS: No. I am not. But again, these things, they are almost just a formality because whether you are member of a committee or not, as a chairman, whatever his personality is—he would welcomeany gesture to come and join the discussions of his committee. Bukod pa doon, kaming mga nagsusuri ng mga pagbabago sa local government code ay nagagalak na magkaroon ng isa pang kasama at katulong dito sa aming mga ginagawa dahil siya nga ay anak ni Sen Nene pimentel at marami silang karungunan at kaalaman tungkol d’yan sa mga isyu ng local government.

QUESTION: Sir isang question regarding sa concern ng mga taga-Laguna tungkol doon sa cityhood ng Cabuyao, Ano na po ba ang status nito?

MARCOS: Ito ay nasa aming committee pa lang. Ang ginawa namin ay susundan lang namin ang order ng pagbigay ng lower house sa amin ng mga bills at iisa-isahin namin pag-aaralan ang mga ‘yan.

QUESTION: Under review pa rin yun iba?

MARCOS: Hindi pa nari-review. Hindi pa nauumpisahan ang hearing pero patungo na tayo doon.

QUESTION: Thank you sir.

MARCOS: Thank you very much.

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