Re-electionist Senator Bam Aquino thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Panfilo Lacson for acknowledging his role in the passage of the landmark Free College Law even as he expressed willingness to help the government for the welfare of poor Filipinos.
“Salamat at kinilala ni Presidente ang tinrabaho natin para maisabatas ang Libreng Kolehiyo,” (I thank the President for acknowledging our work to make the Free College into law.), said Senator Bam, who pushed for the passage of the Free College Law as principal sponsor during his time as chairman of the Committee on Education in the 17th Congress.
“Basta para sa taumbayan lalo na kung makakatulong sa mahihirap, handa tayong makipagtulungan tulad dito sa batas ng Libreng Kolehiyo,” (As long as it’s for the good of our poor countrymen, I am always ready to help.), added Senator Bam, who also expressed gratitude to Senator Lacson for recognizing his effort.
Senator Bam’s reaction came after President Duterte mentioned in his speech in Koronadal City on Tuesday that the senator helped in the crafting of the landmark legislation.
“In fairness to him (Bam). Nagtulong siya in crafting the law,” (He helped in crafting the law.), Duterte said in his speech.
Duterte’s pronouncement solidified the statement of Senator Lacson, who reiterated the important role that Senator Bam played in the passage of the Free College Law during Thursday’s media interview.
“Siya naman talaga yung nag-labor diyan para maipasa. Siya talaga nagtulak (He was really the one who pushed to make it into law) so, I corrected (them),” said Lacson, referring to his tweet giving credit to Senator Bam for the passage of the important legislation.
“Ang daming claimants na nagki-claim ng credits. So, sabi ko, to set the record straight, si Sen. Bam iyan,” (There are many claimants who claim credits. So to set the record straight, that’s Senator Bam’s.), said Senator Lacson, adding that Bam was the one who defended the legislation from scrutiny of his fellow lawmakers. (Source: Bagong Senado)