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Power sharing? Sotto willing to take over Pimentel’s post for 2019 polls

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By Xave Gregorio

Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto admitted that he would be willing to take over the Senate presidency after the chamber’s current leader files his candidacy for re-election as senator for the 2019 polls.

“I’m open to that if they will give it me. Sino naman ako para tumanggi?” Sotto said Thursday (April 26) in a media forum.

He also revealed that as early as the start of the 17th Congress, there were already talks of reconsidering the Senate leadership before the filing of candidacies in October for the 2019 elections.

Despite this, Sotto still denies that he is in a power sharing agreement with Pimentel, a rumor which the Senate President also denies.

“We will consider the leadership of the Senate again and we’ll consult the members.

Hindi pwedeng dalawang senador lang ang maguusap kung sino ang magiging Senate leader. It will always be a consensus or a majority position,” Sotto said.

In a media forum in Manila on Wednesday (April 26), Pimentel said he is “okay” with stepping down from the Senate presidency when he files his certificate of candiacy for the 2019 midterm elections.

“If they (senators) believe na may unfair advantage ako, okay lang naman to level the playing field,” he said.

The Senate President is among the 20 names in ruling party PDP-Laban’s “long list” for its senatorial slate.