IT’S definite, pro-administration Sen. Franklin Drilon will be the next Senate President.
Thus declared Sen. Loren Legarda as she expressed belief that Drilon has the numbers to snatch the top post in the Upper Chamber that is temporarily occupied by Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
The post was vacated by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile after he resigned because of controversies hounding him about the alleged “unfair” distribution of Senate funds to his colleagues.
Estrada, as the Senate President Pro Tempore, automatically succeeded Enrile in acting capacity.
Legarda said there is no doubt that Drilon will be elected as the next Senate President when the 16th Congress opens on Monday citing his vast experience and knowledge for the job.
Besides, Drilon, who served as the campaign manager of the administration’s senatorial ticket in the May mid-term elections, gained the trust and confidence of the majority of the senators, according to Legarda.
Drilon earlier said that he is ready for the post and that he can ably push the reform agenda of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
In the case of the Senate minority leader, Legarda explained that the losing contender for the Senate presidency will automatically become the minority leader.