MANILA, June 13 (Mabuhay) — Only five senators-elect from the administration slate showed up to take their oaths of office before President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang on Thursday afternoon.
Those present were incoming Senators Grace Poe and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara and re-elected Senators Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero and Aquilino Pimentel III.
Legarda, Poe, Escudero and Angara attended the oath-taking ceremonies with their respective families, while Escudero was accompanied by his two children and his celebrity girlfriend, Heart Evangelista.
Poe was the surprise top-notcher during the May 13 polls.
None of the senators-elect who won from the administration’s rival coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance, were present during the event — incoming Senators Nancy Binay and Joseph Victor Ejercito and re-elected Senator Gregorio Honasan.
Aquino also swore in newly-elected officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, led by winning governor and administration bet Mujiv Hataman.
The President also administered the oath of 39 winning governors who ran under the Aquino-chaired Liberal Party. Aquino is national chairman of the ruling party. (MNS)