Published: Friday 18 May, 2018

Tito Sotto ‘Elected’ Senate President by 14 Senators to Replace Pimentel

Senator Tito Sotto will be the next Senate President. This after a draft resolution obtained by ABS CBN News showed that 14 senators have agreed to the change in Senate leadership. Sotto will replace Senator Koko Pimentel.

The 14 senators who have signed the resolution are Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Chiz Escudero, JV Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Ping Lacson, Loren Legarda, Manny Pacquiao, Ralph Recto, Joel Villanueva, Cynthia Villa and Migz Zubiri.

There are 17 senators in the majority bloc. Aside from those who have signed the draft, the other 3 senators of the majority bloc are Grace Poe, Koko Pimentel and Tito Sotto.

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“By a majority vote of all the senators, Senator Vicente C. Sotto III is hereby elected as the new Senate President to discharge the duties and powers granted to him by the rules of the Senate,” said the draft resolution.

“It is hereby resolved by a majority vote of all the Senators to express its sense to reorganize its leadership and hereby electing Senator Vicente C. Sotto III as the new Senate President,” it added.

There had been rumors about the looming leadership change in the Senate in recent weeks but Pimentel has downplayed it and said he didn’t want to rush it. However, Pimentel said in an interview that he is willing to be replaced as the Senate president.

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The change is believed  to be an agreement between Sotto and Pimentel. Since the latter’s term as senator will end in 2019, the majority would like a Senate leader whose term will go beyond the 2019 elections. Sotto meets that requirement and is the most likely successor to Pimentel as the Majority Floor Leader.

Meanwhile, Pimentel is expected to seek re-election in 2019.

Senate President Sotto resolution

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Copies of the draft resolution endorsing Tito Sotto as the next Senate President. (ABS CBN News)



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