MANILA -- An administration ally at the Senate said coordination between the Palace and Congress has been "very poor", delaying the passage of priority legislation.

At a press forum Thursday, Senator Sergio Osmeña III said the Presidential Legislation Liaison Office (PLLO) has done little to guide lawmakers on which measures they should focus on.

The PLLO is tasked with coordinating with Congress on priority measures, and to keep Malacañang updated on their status.

But Osmeña said senators only find out about the government's priorities when they read about them in the news.

"He (the President) doesn't talk to us about it," Osmeña said, adding the President has to engage Congress for smoother relations.

He said the burden of maintaining relations is on Malacañang and that "would help a lot (because) we're in the blind here."

Osmeña, although not a member of the President's Liberal Party, ran under his slate in the 2010 elections. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)