Incoming Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson envisions PDP-Laban President and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as the next Senate president, replacing incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon.
Senator Lacson posted on his Twitter account that they are getting ready for the 17th Congress as the recent session has adjourned. He added “SP Pimentel, Pro temp Drilon, Majority Ldr Sotto plus a super majority of at least 20(?).”
Senator Drilon, on the other hand, said that he does not know what led Senator Ping Lacson in stating such pronouncement, but clarified that he is considering being Senate President Pro-Tempore or Minority Leader.
"No knowledge of circumstances behind Ping's statement. When, and only when, the SP candidate has 13 votes, then the pro temp post becomes one of the options. Being the Minority Leader is another option. Without anyone with 13 votes, I remain SP," Drilon said in a text message.
Days after the May 9 National Elections, Senator Lacson pleaded that he be “count(ed)” out” when asked about his comment on the report that he, too, is in the list of potential Senate President. He said that such a seat is a compromising position he won’t fit in.
Meanwhile, Senator Vicente Sotto III frowned upon the action of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano deeming the Senate presidency post as his “parking lot” awaiting the expiration of the one-year appointing ban on election losers before president-elect Rodrigo Duterte appoints him in one of the cabinet posts.
“Magandang dahilan yun pero pag binigyan mo sa ibang perspective, meron naman akong narinig na nagsabi sa akin na parang hindi maganda yun gagawin mong parking slot ng isang taon yung Senate presidency,” Sotto said.
(That is a good reason but if you take a look at it from another perspective, I heard some of our peers say that it is not appropriate for one to make the Senate presidency a mere parking slot for one year.)