No decision yet on LP bet for Senate president – Kiko

June 21, 2010

Kris Bayos
Manila Bulletin
May 21, 2010

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan Friday belied rumors that returning Senator Franklin “Frank” Drilon is already the Liberal Party’s bet for the Senate presidency.

Saying the LP has not yet made an official decision on the issue of whom to support for the Senate leadership race, Pangilinan hinted that he is still pursuing his bid despite the rumors that leading presidential candidate Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is supporting Drilon’s bid for the post.

“The decision on whom to support for the Senate Presidency race will be discussed among party leaders at the proper time. Senator Frank and I will be meeting soon together with other LP senators to thresh out the matter,” Pangilinan said in a text message to the Manila Bulletin.

The LP had announced its candidate for House Speaker after Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada gave up his bid in favor of returning Quezon City Rep. Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr.

Tañada said he made the decision to ensure party unity in the House of Representatives.

The idea of sacrificing one’s candidacy for the top Senate post is “premature,” said Drilon.

“Although the two of us agree that we should only support one candidate for the Senate Presidency, it is still premature to answer if anyone from us will follow congressman Tañada’s example because we haven’t met again since the announcement was made. We are yet to meet as soon as he’s back from his out-of-town trip,” Drilon said.

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