- Aspirants are now augmenting their efforts to get pledges from colleagues for their Senate presidential bid
- Gunning for Senate leadership are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Vicente Sotto III, Aquilino Pimentel III, and current Senate President Franklin Drilon
- A contender needs a minimum of 13 votes from the 24-member upper chamber to become Senate President
The battle for Senate presidency is heating up as the contenders for the top post boost their efforts to woo as many senators to their side. Among the contenders are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Vicente Sotto III, Aquilino Pimentel III, and current Senate President Franklin Drilon.
On Monday, May 30, Cayetano claimed that “more or less 15 senators” have committed for his Senate leadership bid, as per an article published by Inquirer.
Although Sotto said it is still not clear who between them will ultimately vie for the leadership, he claims 18 of their colleagues support his ‘alternative leadership’ — hinting that some of those who have pledged their support to Cayetano have committed to him as well.
“I would not be surprised if any of the other aspirants would say that they have commitments. everybody has commitment, it’s easy to commit, the important thing is when you vote,” Sotto said.
Pimentel also spoke up about his interest in gunning for the top Senate post. After all, he said, it is his “duty and obligation” as PDP-Laban president to try to become the chamber leader.
“I might get their support if I can convince them on federalism. We are talking because we have to agree based on principles. We should be change-minded senators so we’re talking about federalism,” he said.
Despite eyeing the same post, party mates Pimentel and Cayetano say it’s just a “friendly competition”.
Meanwhile, Senate president Drilon denied claims that Malacañang is calling on senators to keep the Senate presidency under the Liberal Party, as per an article published by ABS CBN News.
“I have always said that whoever has 13 signatures electing Senator XYZ to lead the 17th Congress, I am willing to yield the Senate presidency,” said Drilon.