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Koko Pimentel: An ally or a foe?


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has been trying to assess where the loyalties of newly proclaimed Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III lie. Will he be a loyal member of the administration bloc in the upper chamber? His father, former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., supported a different presidential candidate in the 2010 election—Sen. Manuel Villar, standard-bearer of the Nacionalista Party. The younger Pimentel however campaigned for the Erap-Binay tandem of former president Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III

It is safe to deduce that the new senator fully supports Binay; both belong to the PDP-Laban party, or the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas Bayan. The younger Pimentel is party president while Binay is chairperson. Pimentel was proclaimed senator on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, four years after he lodged an electoral protest against his main rival Miguel Zubiri, whom he had accused of cheating in the 2007 elections. Zubiri resigned on Aug.3, 2011. The new senator said that he disagrees with President Aquino on three issues: the postponement of the elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the passage of the reproductive health bill, and the K-12 program, which adds two more years to the current 10-year basic education curriculum. “Even before I became a senator, I already questioned the postponement of the ARMM elections,” he said. In July, Pimentel asked the Supreme Court to stop the postponement and declare as unconstitutional Republic Act 10153, the law that sets another date for the elections—in 2013 yet.

Fast facts about Pimentel:

  • Bar topnotcher in 1990
  • Lost a 2001 mayoral race in Cagayan de Oro City
  • Senate allies: Senators Sergio Osmeña III (who was him in PDP-Laban’s senatorial ticket in 2007), Francis Escudero, Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.
  • Bar topnotcher in 1990
  • Lost a 2001 mayoral race in Cagayan de Oro City
  • Senate allies: Senators Sergio Osmeña III (who was him in PDP-Laban’s senatorial ticket in 2007), Francis Escudero, Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes IV.

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Pimentel is also a staunch critic of RH bill. In June, PDP-Laban came out with a statement supporting the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church to the controversial bill. As for Aquino’s K-12, Pimentel said it’s not necessary since it’s more urgent to improve the existing education system. “They haven’t even done a time and motion study on that [K-12] yet,” he said. Pimentel said though that while he opposes Aquino’s stand on the above issues, he would support his leadership. “I’ve said time and time again, I will be supportive of PNoy but we would disagree on some things,” he said. Short stint Pimentel will serve for only two years, or the remaining time in Zubiri’s suspended term. When asked what he would like to be known for, the 47-year-old senator said, “I want the image of being a crusader for electoral reform and justice.” He aims to help the Commission on Elections strengthen the automated elections for 2013. “We have to be one step ahead of electoral fraud syndicates,” he said. Pimentel needs the assurance that cheating would not plague the upcoming national elections in 2013 as he has already set his eyes on running for the Senate again. “My party needs to participate in the elections, and Mindanao has to be represented in the Senate,” he said. “I wanted to serve a full term.” Zubiri himself will reportedly run for the Senate again in 2013. (Pimentel was so bruised by the alleged cheating in the 2007 elections that he once said that if the Aquino administration would restore the death penalty, electoral fraud should be one of the crimes punishable by it. “If the Aquino government accedes to the clamor to restore the death penalty, I suggest that election fraud be covered by capital punishment. What can be more heinous than the crime of raping democracy by stealing the people’s votes?”

he said in January). In 2007, Pimentel ran on the following issues: rule of law, local autonomy, youth empowerment, among others. The senator however faces two ticklish issues: one on political dynasty, and the other on Charter change. Pimentel belongs to a political family. His father was a longtime senator while his sister, Gwendolyn, lost a senatorial bid in 2010. When asked about political dynasty by ANC’s Karen Davila on her show Headstart, Pimentel said it would be hard to stop it through legislative measures. “It’s difficult to legislate [against it].” As for Charter change, Pimentel had opposed the amendment of the 1987 Constitution through people’s initiative during the Arroyo administration. “No one can trivialize the Constitution by cavalierly amending or revising it in blatant violation of the clearly specified modes of amendment and revision laid down in the Constitution itself,” Pimentel said.

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But he is in favor of Charter change. Like his father, he supports a switch to federalism. “It’s also the stand of the party,” he said. But he stressed the need for the public to be first educated about it. And even as he has criticized former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the past, Pimentel said he has no plans of joining the apparent bandwagon against her family. Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel, is being probed by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee for allegedly selling his helicopters to the Philippine National Police for the price of brand new units. “I would be objective,” Pimentel vowed.—Newsbreak

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  1. scorpio15 says:

    Yan lang ang dapat sa pulitika. Pagkatapos ng eleksiyon ay wala ng bangayan deretso trabaho para sa bayan. Tama lang naman na bawat sabihin ng Presidente ay hindi oo lang ng oo.Tao din naman yon at meron din naman na mga desisyon na hindi tama sa kapakanan ng sambayanan. Hindi ibig sabihin na pagkumuntra sa desisyon ay hindi na susupurtahan sa ano mang bagay. Maging oposisyon man basta maging constructive hindi yong manghila paibaba.

  2. hope yuo pursue electoral reform,stop vote buying and electoral cheating must me punisble or henious crime

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