Press Release
May 20, 2016


All the names coming out so far of those aspiring for the top Senate post, which include Sens. Alan Cayetano, Pimentel, Drilon and Sotto, are all qualified to take on the presidency of the Senate. All are also qualified to take on the other three positions which comprise the officers of the Senate--majority leader, minority leader or Senate President Pro Tempore--since all are senior senators who command the respect of our colleagues.

There is no single party with a sufficient number of senators to form a Senate majority in itself so right now, there is a lot of jockeying and negotiating going on among groups, parties and individuals. The first aspirant who is able to cobble together a coalition of 13 or more senators will win the top post in the chamber. If any of the above mentioned aspirants fails to get 13 then Senate President Drilon stays on, similar to then Senate President Enrile in 2010.

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