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Gordon not giving up Blue Ribbon

Mario J. Mallari



Sen. Richard Gordon on Wednesday warned of an “unwieldy” Senate if the tradition of equity of the incumbent is not observed in the distribution of committees in the upcoming 18th Congress.

“Equity of the incumbent ang rule e. Alam mo, sa Senado, ‘pag pumasok ka, unless na bibitawan, makukuha mo. Pero otherwise babayad ka ng matrikula,” Gordon said in an interview.

“In other words, ‘yung seniority dyan papasok. Kung hindi, it will be a very unwieldy position, to be an unwieldy Senate,” he added.

Gordon stressed that he is not inclined to relinquish the powerful Blue Ribbon and justice committees amid rumors that there are other lawmakers eyeing both bodies.

So far, reelected Sen. Grace Poe has publicly expressed interest in getting the Blue Ribbon Committee which is responsible in conducting investigation of malpractices among public officials.

Gordon said Poe personally told him she is ready to swap the public services committee with the Blue Ribbon if he wants to.

“Senate Grace was nice enough to tell me ‘Dick kung gusto mo makipagpalitan gusto ko yang Blue Ribbon kunin mo yung public services’. Gusto ko yung public services pero palagay ko marami talagang nangyayari sa bansa natin na kelangan e sanay na sa Blue Ribbon,” said Gordon.

Gordon said he already “invested” so much to the Blue Ribbon and Justices committees to leave them at this point.

“I don’t think so. Why should I give up? Ang laki na nang trabaho ko, ang dami ko nang ginawa at iniimbestiga,” said Gordon.

So far, among the incoming senators, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Ronald dela Rosa are the only ones assured of major committees in the Senate.

Go would be assuming the health and demography committee which will be vacated by Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, who failed in his reelection bid, while Sen. Panfilo Lacson is giving up the public order and dangerous drugs to Dela Rosa.