Barrita: Back to school

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago urged neophyte senators to go back to school instead of entering the Senate with guns-a-blazing.

Once the dust of victory has cleared, Santiago said the Filipinos who voted for the new senators would be scrutinizing them to see whether they made the right choice.

Well, it’s never too late to go back to school even if you’ve been elected senator.

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Senators-elect Nancy Binay (number 5) and Bam Aquino (number 7) will enrol in a crash course on public administration and governance for new legislators at the University of the Philippines.

Binay, 40, said she will also enrol her staff in the crash course because she’s not the only one who will serve the public.

As personal assistant to her parents for 20 years, she knew there’s no substitute for a well-trained staff.

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Senate race topnotcher Grace Poe-Llamanzares said she won't be taking up a crash course for neophyte legislators.

Her team of advisers, she said, would be enough to help her get through her upcoming job in the Senate. Among her advisers are veteran Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Sergio “Serge” Osmena III.

See what 16,340,333 votes can do?

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Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. dismissed the “60-30-10” theory for senatorial candidates in the May 13 elections.

He said a review of the source code would show the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were not programmed to cheat in the last elections.

“Definitely there was no fraud,” he said.

So there’s no chance the winners in the last elections were elected by the PCOS machines.

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has clearly intruded into Philippine territory when it sent a military vessel to Ayungin shoal, but vowed to defend the country “up to the last soldier standing.”

There should be no doubt about our soldiers’ bravery.

But do they have the means to defend our country from bullies.

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