- Tito Sotto said he is open to succeed as the next Senate President
- The actor-politician said some members are urging him to seek the position
- However, Sotto admitted the matter still needs to be consulted with his colleagues
MANILA, Philippines – Senate Majority Leader Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III did not hide his interest in becoming the next Senate President to succeed Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III who is seeking reelection in 2019.
At the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday, Sotto admitted the issue of Senate leadership was already discussed with Pimentel earlier, when the issue of the Sereno impeachment has not come into the picture yet.
“Napag-usapan namin ‘yan, dumaan sa usapan namin [We already discussed it in passing] perhaps we can talk about it again before the filing of certificate of candidacy, something to that effect,” Sotto told reporters.
Asked on the possibility of succeeding Pimentel, the Majority Leader said, “I’m open to that if they give it to me. Sino naman ako para tumanggi [Who am I to refuse]?”
However, Sotto said the matter has yet to be consulted with their colleagues, adding they still wanted a partymate of the President to take over the position.
“Yung ibang mga kasama namin [Our colleagues] during that time were asking me to seek the Senate presidency but because we wanted a smooth relationship although independent, we wanted a partymate of the President to lead the Senate,” Sotto explained
“We will consider the leadership of the Senate again and we will consult the members,” he added.
Sotto, while an ally of the administration, is a member of Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), while Pimentel is the president of the ruling PDP-Laban, of which President Rodrigo Duterte is the Chairman and the titular head.