AGENDA. Senate President Chiz Escudero meet with House Speaker and Leyte congressman, Martin Romualdez where the two leaders discussed their respective legislative priorities. (SENATE PHOTO)

TACLOBAN CITY – Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero expressed his elation following his first meeting with House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

In his official social media account, Escudero stated that he was pleased their initial meeting as Senate President and Speaker was both productive and encouraging.

Escudero emphasized that this engagement was a crucial step in re-establishing a strong and collaborative relationship with the House leadership, particularly after a period of strained relations between the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“Our discussions today focused on bridging the gaps that have previously existed and establishing a framework for more open, transparent, and continuous communication moving forward,” the Senate president said.

He added that both he and Speaker Romualdez are committed to ensuring that their legislative efforts are synchronized and focused on the best interests of the nation. They agreed to keep their lines of communication open to prevent misunderstandings and promote a collaborative legislative environment.

During their meeting, Escudero highlighted the importance of upholding checks and balances to prevent any single branch from becoming too powerful. This, he noted, ensures accountability, transparency, and effective governance, allowing for healthy debate and the creation of legislation that truly serves the people’s interests.

Escudero also mentioned that he looks forward to meeting with Speaker Romualdez again as they prepare for the third State of the Nation Address by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

He stressed that it is imperative for both the Senate and the House to be aligned and ready to support the President’s priority legislative measures.