MANILA,Philippines— Rumors about Sen. Franklin Drilon being the next Senate President on the 16th Congress comes out days before the election for different offices in the senate.
“I would not want any news to be coming out from myself because that will be pre empting the election,” Drilon answered about the issue.
“I confirm that no one has expressed an interest in the senate presidency from among my colleagues, so I would respectfully decline from answering on the election out of respect for my colleagues,” Drilon added.
However, Drilon is expected to be nominated as the senate president and will need 13 votes to be elected on the position but observers believe he will have 18 on Monday morning.
On the other hand, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile is expected to be nominated by the minority for the said post but only for the purpose of securing the minority leader position.
The majority is composed of Drilon, Ralph Recto, Teofisto Guingona III and Benigno Aquino IV of the Liberal Party; and Cynthia Villar, Alan Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Antonio Trillanes IV of the Nationalista Party.
Moreover,Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Aquilino Pimentel III, Sergio Osmeña III, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, neophytes Grace Poe and Juan Edgardo Angara and members of the majority in the last Congress Ramon Revilla Jr. and Lito Lapid are expected to support Drilon.
New leaders for the Senate and House Representative will be elected on Monday before President Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address in the afternoon.
ABEGAIL P. URBINA
LNU Tacloban City, Philippines