Friday, January 15, 2010

3 Senate bets continue legacy of their fathers

January 15, 2010, 4:56pm

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CEBU CITY (PNA) – Three Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial bets who are political neophytes are bent on continuing the legacy of their politician fathers.

However, Gwen Pimentel, Susan “Toots” Ople and Ramon “Monmon” Mitra have different advocacies.

They witnessed the covenant-signing that sealed that political alliance of the NP and the local Alayon Party of Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu Province, 1st district) at the University of the Visayas gym Monday.

Pimentel, the eldest child of Senate Minority Leader Aquino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., vowed to introduce amendments to the Local Government Code of 1991 to maximize the economic advancement and legislative power of cities, towns and barangays.

The elder Pimentel was the chief architect of the Local Government Code that gives more authority to local governments units (LGUs) through decentralization.

Pimentel, a lawyer and her father’s chief of staff in the Senate, plans to equalize the internal revenue allotment share of LGUs, from the present 60-40 percentage share to 50-50.

She said elected barangay officials should also be made regular workers so they can avail themselves of benefits from government agencies, such the Government Service Insurance System and the Home Development Mutual Fund.

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