Where are graduating senators going? -The class of 2019
Four senators are leaving the chamber in mid-2019: Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV. Here are their plans.
Four senators set to leave the chamber in 2019, but they are not retiring from public life. Some of them are venturing into local politics, while others are keen on continuing advocacy work and assuming an executive post.
Senators Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan II, Francis Escudero, and Antonio Trillanes IV are wrapping up their second and final terms in office.
Originally, there were 6 “graduating” senators, but ahead of the elections, Alan Peter Cayetano resigned to become foreign affairs secretary, while Senator Aquilino Pimentel III is seeking another term, arguing that his supposed first term wasn’t completed due to an election protest.
Legarda is eyeing the congressional seat in the lone district of Antique, her home province, under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC). She filed her certificate of candidacy on Wednesday, October 17, through Antique Governor Rhodora Javier Cadiao.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte offered Legarda the post of social welfare and development secretary, which has since been given to retired Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Legarda earlier said she was thinking about the offer.
Legarda’s gathering list gathering, Luntiang Pilipinas, is handling Michael Ubac, who was a columnist with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as its first chosen one, and performing artist Ciara Sotto as second candidate. Sotto is the little girl of Legarda’s companion and NPC party mate, Senate President Vicente Sotto III.
Legarda seats the Senate advisory groups on fund and outside relations. As remote relations seat since 2016, she still can’t seem to direct a test into China’s developing militarization of the South China Sea and President Rodrigo Duterte’s outside arrangement towards China.
Legarda, a supporter turned-government official, first served the Senate from 1998 to 2004. In 2004, she was the running mate of presidential applicant Fernando Poe Jr. She lost that race and came back to the Senate from 2007 to 2013. She again won an additional 6-year term in 2013.
Escudero is running for governor of Sorsogon. He filed his certificate of candidacy on Friday, October 12.
Escudero hails from the province and served as a district representative from 1998 to 2007, after which he won
a seat in the Senate and served two consecutive terms.
His mom, Evelina, is as of now the principal area agent in the region.
Meanwhile, he is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition. His running mate is active Barcelona Mayor Manuel “Wowo” Fortes.
Further, Escudero is the administrator of the Senate advisory groups on banks, monetary organizations,
and monetary standards and on training, expressions, and culture.
Gregorio Honasan II
There are growing talks that Honasan would be appointed the next secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
In December 2017, Honasan refused to confirm nor deny the offer and said he was bent on finishing his term.
“That is talk. I have a term to serve and wrap up. I’ll cross that extension when we get to it, however it would be troublesome
for someone with my reputation to reject the nation if the nation needs me… . I need to. I was put here, not by a naming
In October 2018, there were relentless bits of gossip that Honasan would venture down before the year closures
to expect the DICT post. His office, in any case, denied it and repeated that the congressperson expects to complete his term until June 2019.
Gregorio Honasan II
Nevertheless, Honasan seats the Senate boards of trustees on national resistance and security and on peace, unification, and compromise.
Honasan is a 4-term congressperson, serving from 1995 to 2001, a short spell from 2001 to 2004, from 2007
to 2013, and from 2013 to 2019. He moved on from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in 1971.Alongside his PMA
Honasan, be that as it may, likewise drove a few fizzled upset endeavors president Corazon Aquino after the 1986 People Power Revolution.
Further, in 2006, Honasan sought total isolation after he charged for insubordination for as far as anyone
knows driving the Oakwood uprising in 2003 and the 2006 thwarted overthrow endeavor against the Arroyo organization.
Meanwhile, the charges against him expelled in 2007, only a couple of months after he won as representative in the May surveys.
Antonio Trillanes IV
Trillanes may be ending his term soon but not his criticisms against President Rodrigo Duterte. The fiercest critic of the Chief Executive vowed to “continue” fighting for the truth.
“Ako, I will continue with my advocacy dito sa pakikipaglaban sa katotohanan para sa tama – punahin ang anomaly. Di naman ako mawawala,” Trillanes said in a press conference when he accompanied Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano in filing his COC for senator last week. (I will continue with my advocacy in fighting for the truth criticize anomalies not gone.)
“Kahit wala ako sa puwesto kaya ko siyang tindigan for whatever length of time that nasa tama ka,” he included. (Regardless of whether I will never again be in power, I can confront him, insofar as I’m in favor of reality.)