Press Release
May 21, 2018

Koko to nominate Sotto as Senate President, thanks colleagues for passing landmark legislation

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III is leading the reorganization of the Senate Leadership by nominating Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III as the new Senate President effective on May 21, 2018.

In a statement, Pimentel also acknowledged his fellow senators for their roles in passing landmark legislation. "I am grateful for the support extended by my colleagues in the Senate, all of whom played a significant role in the crafting and passage of landmark legislation that have helped improve the lives of our people," said Pimentel.

Pimentel said that he was honored to have served as Senate President, a position once held by his father, former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr.

"It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve the Senate as its President, a position once held by father before me. He served the Senate with dignity, always staying true to his principles and consistently putting the interests of our nation before his - and it was his example I had tried to emulate during my time at the helm of the Senate."

"When I became a lawyer, my father reminded me of the immortal words of former Justice JBL Reyes, words that he said inspired all those in our profession who fought Martial Law: No master but law, no guide but conscience, no aim but justice," added the former Bar topnotcher.

"I served as Senate President inspired by the words of Justice JBL Reyes and guided by the principles and actions of Senator Nene Pimentel. I step down knowing that I tried my best to do this."

Pimentel added that "The cause of Federalism needs help. Federalism is not only PDP LABAN's advocacy but also my personal one. Hence, I need to help the cause of Federalism on my personal time."

Pimentel added that as the head of PDP LABAN, he believes it is imperative that "the party marshal its resources in support of our party's candidates in the upcoming midterm elections - individuals who are committed to supporting the reforms and the advocacies of the President. Hence the need to focus on preparing the party for the 2019 national elections."

The Cagayan de Oro native committed to help his successor and to continue to help push the Administration's legislative agenda.

"I wish my successor, Senator Sotto, good health and Godspeed, and pledge to help the new leadership pass pro-people legislation consistent with the legislative agenda of the President."

Pimentel was elected the 28th Senate President in July 2016, a post previously held by his father, former Senator Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr., from November 2000 to June 2001.

Under his leadership, the Senate passed landmark legislation such as Republic Act (RA) 10931, which grants free tuition and other fees in state universities and colleges; RA 10932, which strengthens the provision of emergency health care service to patients by prohibiting medical practitioners from demanding advance payments from patients needing immediate care; RA 10929, which provides free internet access in public areas; RA 10963, which lowered the rates for personal income tax; RA 10928, which extends the validity of the Philippine passport from five to ten years; RA 10930, which extends the driver's license validity from three to five years; RA 10969, which provides free irrigation to farmers; RA 10951, which made the penalties in the Revised Penal Code fairer and more reasonable; RA 10927, which covered Casinos under the Anti-Money Laundering Act; and Joint Resolution No. 1, Series of 2018, which increased the base pay of uniformed personnel in the military and the police.

During Pimentel's term, the Senate also concurred in treaties involving the following: membership of the Philippines in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), climate change agreement (the "Paris Agreement"), cybercrime, the RP-EFTA (Free Trade Agreement), the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation with the European Union, avoidance of double taxation, and standardization of social security benefits.

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