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Senators want Duterte to succeed – Pimentel

Incoming Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III expressed confidence yesterday that the relations of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and the Senate will be smooth despite Duterte’s warning to Congress not to be a hindrance to his campaign to rid the country from the tentacles of the multi-billion-peso illegal drug trade and other criminal activities.

Pimentel, president of the PDP-Laban party which successfully carried Duterte’s presidential campaign in the May 9 elections, said majority of the senators support Duterte’s program of government because they want the presidency of the Davao city mayor to succeed.

He said any investigation to be called by the Senate should not be considered a barrier or hindrance to Duterte’s anti-crime and anti-drug campaigns.

Pimentel sees Duterte’s warning to Congress not to throw a monkey wrench to his program was meant as a warning to protectors of criminal syndicates and to those who abuse their congressional powers to conduct investigations.

Although he is the lone PDP-Laban member in the Senate, Pimentel snagged the Senate presidency following behind the scenes discussions with officials of different political parties such as current Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, vice chairman of the pro-Aquino administration Liberal Party (LP) which as six members in the Senate; and Deputy Senate Minority Leader Vicente C. Sotto III, one of three members of the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

As a result, Drilon will be the incoming Senate President Pro Tempore while Sotto will be the Senate Majority Leader in the upcoming 17th Congress which opens on July 25.

Even if current Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter S. Cayetano might try to rock the boat carrying Pimentel, Drilon and Sotto after failing to win the Senate presidential fight, Sotto said the coalition of Senate leaders and other senators favoring Pimentel is solid.

Cayetano earlier said that he had 18 senators who would vote for his Senate presidential bid.

To win, a candidate has to have a majority of 13 or more votes.

Sotto said there are 13 senators who have signed the resolution endorsing the Pimentel presidency and this number will increase after the arrival from abroad of other Senate members such as Senators-elect Manuel Pacquiao and Joel Villanueva.

Pimentel earlier said there are 17 Senate members who favor his becoming the 22nd President of the Philippine Senate.

In so far as returning Senator Panfilo M. Lacson is concerned, the Senate presidency of Pimentel has been “signed and delivered’’ and this could withstand any attempt by Cayetano to upset the apple cart.

Cayetano had hinted that the upcoming Pimentel Senate presidency might turn up to be obstructionist to Duterte’s programs as he cited opposition by Lacson and Senator-elect Leila de Lima to Duterte’s call for death penalty.

Contrary to Cayetano’s claims, Lacson said he supports the incoming President. (MARIO B. CASAYURAN)

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  • Mira Lardizaba

    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.

  • Ariane Sung

    they know each other since the campaign period, that’s why sen alan should win this and also he knows how to handle president duterte’s flaws.

  • Michelle Catacutan

    mga pakitang tao lng yan si pimentel at lacson kung c sen alan ang magiging senate president atleast mas magiging madali para kay digong ang lahat, may magsasabi sa knya ng kung ano man ang tama sa mali..

  • Megan Salvador

    Grabe talaga ang LP na to pati c lacson at sotton nakikisawsaw na rin. Gagamitin nyo pa si koko para lang magkaroon ng kontrol sa senado ang kampo ni pnoy. Wag mo silang hayaan sen alan dapat ikaw ang maging senate president

  • Janice Duque

    Back off Lacson at Sotto!!! Wala na nga kayong nagawang tama tapos sasawsaw pa kayo. Hindi kami mangmang para hindi makita na ang LP lang naman ang makikinabang kapag si Koko ang umupo bilang senate president! Dapat si sen alan ang maging senate president

  • Fia Lee

    cgurado ako na madami hahadlang sa kung ano mang batas ang ipapatupad ni duterte kaya kailangan na si sen alan ang maging senate president para mayron syang kakampi sa senado.

  • Rizza Malate

    Attention seeker yan si Lacson at Sotto. Tapos alam naman namin na napplano na lahat ng LP kaya si koko ang ginawa nilang senate president. Sen alan wag mong hayaan to

  • Ester Rillo

    Ayan na naman si Sotto at Lacson walang magawa sa buhay nila. Wag mo na yang intindihin sen alan dahil dapat ikaw ang maging Senate president, hindi yang si koko

  • John Marquez

    LP ang may kagustuhan na maging senate president si koko kaya wag mo hayaang gawin nila ang gusto nila sen alan. At please lang Lacson at Sotto tumigil na kayo

  • Henry Garcia

    bakit kasi binoto nyo pa tong si sotto ayan tuloy mahilig magpapansin! Sen alan wag mo na silang intindihin basta dapat ikaw ang maging senate president

  • Lyka King

    mas mapapabilis ang pagbabago just in case sen alan win as senate president magkakaroon si digong ng adviser at mas ok tlga tambalan nila dahil iisa sila ng layunin ang sugpuin ang corruption,kriminalidad saating bnsa.

  • John Atiaga

    Kawawang Koko, Lacson at Sotto walang mga magawa sa buhay eh kunwari pa kaalyado sila ni president digong lol. Wag mo hahayaan sen alan na mapabagsak nila si president digong

  • Jessie Mendenilla

    Hindi yan hahayaan ni sen alan dahil alam nyang tuta ng LP si koko at sana tumigil na sa pagsawsaw si lacson at sotto.

  • Zian Reynozo

    Ang galing talagang sumawsaw ni Lacson at Sotto eh dun sila magaling at halatang tuta rin sila ng LP tulad ni koko. Pasensya na kayo dahil hindi kayo magtatagumpay dahil nandyan si sen alan

  • Maricar Deguzman

    mas madaling mapapa tupad ni president duterte ang batas na ihahain sa senado kung si sen alan ang senate president hnde si koko kasi baka humadlang lng yan sa plataporma ni digong eh

  • Jerell Mond

    Hindi namin kailangan ang opinyo nyo Lacson at Sotto!. Sen alan wag mong hayaan si koko na maging senate president!

  • Jamaima Gallardo

    walang wala yan si pimentel kung sa mga nagawa lng dba dapat tlgng si sen alan ang maging senate president, may paninidigan sa tungkulin..

  • Dara Co

    dba nga nung nangangampanya plng sila eh sbi ni duterte kailngan nya si cayetano sa tabi nya dahil wala mag ssbi s knya ng ‘mali yan mayor,tama yan mayor’ kailangan may mag guide s knya sa tama at mali kaya kailngan ang tandem nilang dlwa

  • Lita Go

    kung sa husay at malasakit na naipamalas nya saatin dpt tlgng si sen. alan cayetano ang maging senate president dahil sa katangian nyang yan..

  • Anabel Bilon

    dapat naman talagang si sen alan ang maging senate president dahil yang si pimintel gusto lang ng kapangyarihan. Pati nga yung kalaban ni president digong pinapangakuan nya ng posisyon pweh

  • Myline Pete

    kawawang koko halatang sakim sa kapangyarihan. SI sen alan lamang ang karapatdapat na maging senate president, hindi dahil sa kaalyado sya ni president digong kundi mas may magagawa sya kesa jan kay koko

  • Cecilia Villanueva

    wag kayong magpabulag tingnan nyo ang sitwasyon inappoint agad si koko bilang senate president hindi dahil makakatulong sya kay president digong kundi mas mapapadali ang pagpabagsak nila kay presidente kaya dapat si sen alan lang ang maging senate president

  • Pauline Sy

    Anu ba ang nagawa na ni koko?nandyan lang yan kay president digong para bumango ang pangalan nya at para hindi mahalata ang binabalak nilang pagpapabagsak kay president pero si sen alan nandyan na kay president digong simula pa nung day 1

  • Ella Barcibal

    kitang-kita naman eh inaappoint sya ni drilon para magkaroon ng kontrol ang LP sa senado at kapag nangyari yun madali na nilang mapapabagsak si mayor duterte. Kaya sen alan wag kang papayag sa gusto nila

  • Carla Angeles

    magiging puppet lang yan si koko ni pnoy kaya wag tayong magpauto, dapat suportahan natin si sen alan dahil sya lang ang mapagkakatiwalaan

  • Sarah Quinto

    suportado kita sen alan dahil alam ko na ikaw lang ang mapagkakatiwalaan ni mayor duterte kaya dapat ikaw ang maging senate president hindi yang si koko.

  • Love Aracena

    babaliktad yan si koko kay president digong dahil hindi naman papayag si pnoy na pati sa senate president kaalyado ni president digong ang umupo. Dapat talaga si sen alan para sigurado tayo

  • Gracie Ponze

    naku lahat ng kinukuha nga ni pimintel s senado mga di sang ayon s mga gsto patupad n batas ni pres duterte , mas mainam pa n sen pres si sen cayetano para naman mas mbilis ang pag papatupad ng batas n gsto ni pres digong

  • Stephanie Bustos

    shut up nlng lacson hndi nmn kailngan ang opinyon mo, kung ang tao pa ang pinaboto ninyo s pag ka sen pres mas pipiliin pa namin si sen cayetano. hamak na mas mapagkakatiwalaan pa siya kaysa s iba

  • Michelle Mendoza

    kaya ako bilib kay sen cayetano kaya nila patunayan un mga sinabi nila nuong eleksyon kaya saiyo pa din ang suporta ko sen. cayetano

  • Cass Antonio

    walang iba at tunay na magaling madaming nagawa si senador Cayetano kaya karapat dapat lamng siya na maging senate president.

  • Paula Delas

    Ang pagbabago ay ituloy-tuloy na natin.. Sana nga lang si Sen.Alan ang mailagay sa pwesto.. Dahil Siya ang ka tiwa tiwala at alam nating sigurado at garantisado..

  • Rose Sallan

    ikaw senator cayetano ang tunay na magwawagi sa posisyun ng senate president.

  • Robert Lee

    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.

  • txslim55

    the senators sound like a bunch of school kids fighting at recess time