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Zubiri and Romualdez take on the legislative agenda as well as the SONA with BBM.

MANILA – Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and House Majority Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez led a delegation of lawmakers from both Houses of Congress to meet with incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. at his Mandaluyong City headquarters on Tuesday to discuss the legislative agenda.

During the courtesy call, Zubiri, who is thought to be running for Senate President, led senators in a discussion about legislative plans for the next six years of the Marcos administration, while Romualdez, the incoming Speaker, presented House programs.

Marcos has already conveyed his desire for congressional leaders to “form up” the legislative agenda for the new Congress, according to Zubiri, who was quoted in a report.

“In my conversation with our new president, President-elect Bongbong Marcos, he wants to shape up the legislative agenda as soon as possible,” Zubiri said in a Senate interview on Monday.

“He told me and incoming Speaker Romualdez to sit down and talk about various legislative agendas for the Sona [state of the nation address], debates for the Sona,” he explained.

In exchange, Zubiri promised Marcos that he would support him regardless of whether he became Senate President.

“So, we’ve had a number of meetings,” he added, “and we’ve been discussing how we might assist the President-elect on his legislative program for the 19th Congress.”

The senators’ visit came a day after Marcos welcomed ambassadors from Singapore, the United Kingdom, France, and the European Union at BBM headquarters in Mandaluyong City on separate courtesy calls last Monday.

Senate officials also revealed that there are strong signs that Zubiri will win the Senate presidency since he has the necessary number of votes to defeat his closest competitor, Sen. Cynthia Villar.

Villar, who was obviously aware that Zubiri might have the number, reportedly offered him a term-sharing agreement, according to reports.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa revealed on Tuesday that Villar had discussed her desire to share a term with Zubiri with him.

During his visit to Marcos, however, Zubiri did not address the possibility of term-sharing.

Senators Nancy Binay, Ronald dela Rosa, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Ralp Recto, Ramon “Bong” Revilla, and Raffy Tulfo were among those who accompanied him during the visit.

On the other side, Romualdez was joined by Iloilo Rep. Janet Garin and Isabela Rep. Tonypet Albano.

After winning the backing of the majority of senators, Zubiri, who was re-elected as a senator in the previous election, is inching closer to becoming the next Senate president.

Romualdez, on the other hand, is a foregone conclusion as the future Speaker of the House for the upcoming Congress.

As the three major parts of the Philippines—Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao—are well represented, observers predict the government will have a strong relationship between the executive and legislative branches.

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