Duterte stance settles row on Senate presidency – Sotto

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he is “neutral” in the Senate presidency contest serves as an eye-opener to those senators who are yet to join the newly formed majority bloc that supports Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd’s bid for the chamber’s top post.

Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd on Wednesday said Duterte’s pronouncement clearly indicates that he has no intention to intervene in the Senate leadership issue since the two senators who expressed interest in the post are both his friends.

Sotto was referring to Duterte’s statement during a business forum in Davao City on Tuesday that he is “neutral” and that Pimentel and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should just fight it out.

Duterte’s declaration also debunks reports that the incoming President wants Cayeteno to be the next Senate chief.


Pimentel is the president of the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), the political party of Duterte while Cayeteno was the latter’s running mate in the May 9 local and national elections.

“I believe that the statement settles the issue. As a matter of fact, it would be an eye- opener to those who have not joined the majority,” Sotto said.

Pimentel reportedly met with the incoming President in Davao City on Monday where he presented a draft Senate resolution signed by the 14 senators who want him to be the next Senate president.

The 14 senators are outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senators Leila de Lima, Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan, Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay , Sherwin Gatchalian, Grace Poe, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Juan Edgardo Angara, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Sotto.

“For those who really want to join the majority, this is the best time to join, because it might be too late unless they really want to be in the minority, then so be it,” said Sotto who is the incoming Senate majority leader.

He pointed out that if a member of the Senate is really supportive of the programs of Duterte, he or she should be in the majority.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito said he is hoping that Pimentel and Cayeteno would be able to find a compromise regarding the Senate leadership since both of them are supporters of the Duterte.

While Ejercito admitted that he cannot say if Cayeteno still has a chance to be Senate president, he believes that the idea of “term sharing” remains a possibility.

He is yet to decide if he will join the majority bloc of Pimentel or will stay with the group of Cayeteno, although he said he already discussed his position with Pimentel.

The senator is hoping to get the public services committee because it would help him push his advocacy to modernize the country’s rail system.

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  1. tito sotto tama na po ang ambisyun po sa senate president dhil hindi yan mapupunta saiyo kay sen.cayetano yn mapupunta.

  2. malinis ang hangarin ni sen.alan cayetano at tiyak na hindi niya ipapahiya ang sarili niya marunong magbigay ng halaga si sen.alan kaya bilang magiging senate president mas higit pa ang gagawin niya na pagpapahalaga dito, sa posisyun na ito.

  3. naniniwala ako sa kakayahan ni Sen Alan sa pagiging senate president nya,marami na syang nagawa sa senado.npaka talino pang tao.mga pangsariling interes lang kc ang gusto nyan nina sotto at drilon.mga sakim!

  4. sotto tama na ang pagpupumilit mo na makapasok sa pagkasenate president dahil hindi naman saiyo yan nararapt.nababagay yan sa may tunay na ngawan sa bayan si sen.alan Cayetano.lang yan.

  5. ronel padilla on

    mas panatag kmi kung si Sen Alan ang magiging senate president dahil alam naming hindi sya mag tatraydor ky president Duterte,kundi tutulungan nya pa ito para sa tunay na pagbabago.ngawa pa kayo ng ngawa sotto at drilon wala naman kabuluhan ang mga pinagsasasabi nyo.

  6. klein madelar on

    Paano na ang inaasam nming pagbabago dito saatin bansa kung hindi nyo tigilan ang sabwatan sa senado nila Drilon at Sotto, kapat dapat si Sen. Cayetano lang ang manalo na Sen. Pres para matupad ang aming pangarap..

  7. dennis borja on

    gumising nga kayo drillon koko at sotto! wala ni isa sainyo ang karapat dapat sa pwestong gusto nyo! hindi ang tulad nyo ang nababagay sa senado!

  8. Wala aqng gustong suportahan sa Congreso para sa Senate Pres. Kundi si Senator Cayetano lamang wla kayo sa abilidad at talino ni Cayetano Drilon at Sotto hndi namin kailngan kayo sa congreso ang kailangan ng bayan ay ung may tunay na pgkatao at dedikasyon sa bayan pra lng umunlad

  9. Zian Reynozo on

    Yabang mo Drilon anu ipinagmamalaki mo? Naging maayos ka ba sa Senado? E mdami ngang Senator n gusto ka mpatnggal ka sa congreso e. Hndi tlga kayo ngkakaiba ni Sotto na puros hangin lang ang bukang bibig! Sen Alan Cayetano ang dapat mging Senate President

  10. Jessie Mendenilla on

    Hindi kayo mgwawagi sa mga gngwa ninyo Drilon, Lacson at Sotto! Akala niyo naman kayo n ang mauupo may araw pa at wlang gusto si Pres. Duterte sa mga kgaya ninyo na walang kwenta sa senado. Si Sen Alan ang gusto ni Pres DU30 maging Senate President hindi kayo!

  11. Nkakaisa tlga kayo ha! Well, Let’s see kung lalabas kayo bilang Senate President Drilon at Sotto ipinagyayabang pa ninyo na majority win kayo sa Senado e halata naman nguusap usap kayo at ngkakaisa lang pra mkuha lng ang posisyon

  12. Janice Duque on

    Kung sino man dapat ang maging Senate President walang iba kundi si Senator Cayetano kailangan mpsama siya sa congreso dahil siya lang ang mkkatulong ky pres. Duterte mwla ang mga walang silbing opisyales ng Congreso, c drilon, lacson at sotto umasa n tayo n itong tatlo n to tutol to kay Pres. Duterte

  13. Mega Salvador on

    Nkakaawa to si Drilon at Sotto gagawin at gagawin talaga ang lahat para lang mkaupo sa Congreso at maging Senate President huwag n kasi ipilit pa ang sarili upang maging parte lang ng Administrasyon Duterte dahil hndi kayo karapat karapat!

  14. anabelle corpus on

    makakamit lang ng bansa ang tunay na pagbabago kung tanging kayo po sen alan ang magiging senate president at alam kong marami ang tulad ko na aayon sainyo maging senate president.

  15. kung sa mga nagawa lng dba dapat tlgng si sen alan ang maging senate president, may paninidigan sa tungkulin malinis pa intensyon walang bahid anumalya.. eh si sotto kaya? mas bagay pa sayo mag host ka nlng sa eat bulaga ksma ang aldub d ka bagay sa senado..

  16. mas ok tlga kung si sen. alan ang magiging senate president dahil d na mahihirapan si digong magpatupad ng batas na ilalatag ni sen alan.. si sotto at drilolon ar pimentel kung makpagsalita akala mo dami nagawa kung tutuusin mas may silbi pa si sen alan sainyo..

  17. Janice Rodriguez on

    bilib ako sa pag suporta ni sen alan kay duterte, hindi niya ito iniiwan at mas nagiging tapat siya dito. ganito tlaga ang dapat maging sen president, mabuti pa si sen cayetano tapat, hindi kagaya ni sotto at drilon, kapangyarihan lang ang iniisip.

    • Eh si Duterte suportado ba si Allan, see Pakyaw dba pumirma na sya ng support Kay Allan noon bakit bumaligtad pa, talagang dapat si Koko coz he came from Mindanao dba yan ang purpose ni Digong?

  18. nakaka tawa din kasi ang ibang pinoy gusto ng pagbabago pero hindi pinili. mas pinili pa yung mga kurakot at epal tulad nina sotto, lacson at drilon. pinapanalangin ko palagi na sana manalo si Sen. Alan na maging Senate President dahil alam kong qualified siya sa posisyon.