BY every indication Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III will retain his presidency over the Senate after the front-runners in the senatorial elections reportedly expressed their support for him during a dinner hosted by Senator Manny Pacquiao.
“Yes. Well, the agreement was equity of the incumbent. It is the tradition anyway, unless one decides to relinquish his or her position or chairmanship, we support the equity of the incumbent rule,” Sotto said to reporters when asked if he would he stay on in his position as Senate President.
What is more is that no one from the Senate roster has expressed intention in being the new Senate head.
Sotto said that senatorial aspirant Bong Go, Bato Dela Rosa and Francis Tolentino was asked by Pacquiao to support his Senate presidency and Sotto said he understood they had agreed.
“Well, that was how I gauged it because Manny Pacquiao was doing all the talking, siya yung nagsabi na kasama namin silang tatlo, sabi niya, gusto natin suportahan pa rin yung leadership ni Senate President Sotto, sabi niya. So, I think that is how I gauged everyone that night. Okay naman,” he said.
He added that he is keen on naming Senator Sonny Angara as the new chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance that will be vacated by Senator Loren Legarda.
On the priorities of the Senate, Sotto enumerated the passing of the anti-terrorim bill, the security of tenure bill, anti-wiretapping bill, and possibly the bill on lowering the age of criminal responsibility.