Newbie senators visit future office
MANILA (UPDATE) - Senator-elect Imee Marcos on Tuesday said she was given the office of outgoing Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a fierce opposition figure.
Marcos said Trillanes’ office went to her through a raffle, and that she would perform a ritual before moving to her new office.
The term of the 17th Congress’ senators ends on June 30, while 18th Congress senators are expected to meet for the first time on July 22, when President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address.
“Siguro magpapatawag ako ng mga Igorot namin dahil kailangan basbasan ang office ko dahil kay Sen. Trillanes ata ang nabunot. Iyun na lang natira, nahuli yata ang tao ko. Sabi bunutan eh,” Marcos told reporters.
(Maybe I will call some Igorots because we need to bless the office. They said it was a raffle but my staff was late and got the remaining office, which was occupied by Trillanes.)
“Iyun na lang ang natira so kung papayag si Sen. Trillanes, sasabihin ko kay Sonny makikisayaw kami sa mga Igorot namin para mabendisyunan ng todo.”
(If Trillanes agrees, I will tell him we will dance with the Igorots during the ritual, so we can totally bless the area.)
Marcos said it was not yet sure whether she would be given the chairmanship of the committees on economic affairs and on electoral reforms, as earlier announced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III. She said some senators are contesting the post.
She said she would have opted for the local government committee, once chaired by her brother Ferdinand Marcos Jr., but this was already reserved for Tolentino.
She said she would push for bills aimed at helping impoverished barangays as well as the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) bill.
Marcos and other neophyte lawmakers, former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, former presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, and former presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, visited the Senate building on Tuesday morning to attend an orientation.
Tolentino will get the office of outgoing Sen. JV Ejercito, who failed in his reelection bid.
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, will get the office of former senator and incoming Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano. The area is currently being used by Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri as an office extension.
Go will get the office of outgoing Sen. Gregorio Honasan.
Go and Dela Rosa, the closest allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, both said they will consult feng shui experts for their respective offices.