Vice presidential running mate of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said on Saturday, June 4 that he is confident in winning the senate presidency seat.
“(I am) confident but not overconfident,” Cayetano told the media when he was asked about the possibility of him becoming the next senate president, replacing incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon.
According to Cayetano, there are already fifteen (15) senators who committed to give their support for his race.
However, the battle continues till the opening of the 17 Congress where the lawmakers are to choose and decide who their next leader would be.
“Ang sinsabi ko lang may nabubuong consensus na, senators are giving their commitment,” he said.
(What I am saying is that a consensus is already forming and senators are giving their commitment,
He also said that they have to choose the right people for the job so they can work hand in hand towards fulfilling the legislative agendas of the incoming president.
If he wins the seat, Cayetano vowed that “we will work within the parameters of the mandate of this President.”
Earlier, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III appreciated the ability of both incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III in leading the Senate in the incoming 17 Congress.
“I don’t think a majority can be formed without talking to this two very organized groups and I congratulate them for being organized,” Senator Pimentel told reporters, naming the groups of Drilon and Sotto.
When the senator was asked about his crucial race for the Senate presidency against Senator Peter Alan Cayetano since both of them are associated with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, Pimentel said that they have different styles in doing things,
He added that the Senate has to be reorganized this July 25, the start of the session of the 17 Congress, and that there is enough time for the lawmakers to organize the new majority.