Drilon: Pangilinan must work hard for Senate presidency

July 4, 2010

Carla Gomez
Inquirer Visayas
July 4, 2010

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Senator Franklin Drilon said he remained hopeful about Senator Francis Pangilinan’s chances of securing the 13 votes needed to win the Senate presidency but admitted it would not be an easy task.

He said the Liberal Party should rally the senators behind Pangilinan, particularly if they were to face a contender for the Senate presidency from the Nacionalista Party headed by Senator Manny Villar.

“Senator Kiko and the Liberal Party will have to work hard,” Drilon said Saturday night in an interview after he attended the inauguration of reelected Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

“If the NP makes a bid for the Senate presidency, it will be an interesting contest,” Drilon added, referring to the presence of seven senators belonging to the NP or allies of the NP.

“They have a bigger base than ours. We are only four Liberals. We have to work with others to form a majority block,” Drilon said.

Drilon was among the LP contenders for the Senate presidency but he gave way to Pangilinan because “what is important is that we are able to help President Noynoy and the Liberal Party in pushing our programs of government.”

“We have so many problems, we did not want the contest between me and Senator Pangilinan to come in the way of President Noy trying to organize his Cabinet and his addressing the pressing concerns of our people,” he said.

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