NEWLY-installed Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto yesterday said he envisions the members of the minority bloc as “quality control inspectors” on the lookout for weaknesses, subjecting every proposed bill to a stress-test, so it is assured of trouble-free implementation.
Recto sought the Senate presidency but lost to Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III when he merely got three votes as against Pimentel’s 20. It is the “tradition” in the Senate that whoever lost in the fight for Senate presidency automatically becomes the Senate minority leader.
Senators Francis Escudero and Antonio Trillanes IV joined Recto in the minority bloc. “We will also do our role to identify moral hazards, and demarcate them as no-go zones for all of us,” said Recto.
“I would rather see its role as guardian of the public interest which solely guides its actions here. This is one Senate minority, I assure you, that will know when to stand its ground, and when to seek common ground,” said Recto.
There is one area, however, where he believes the senators should work together – to defend the institution from any and all attempts to emasculate it. “The weakening of this 100-year-old body should not happen on our watch, or else those who came before us will haunt us for being feeble trustees of this proud heritage,” he said.