July 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is not backing down from the Senate presidency race as he promised to work on getting the number to get him elected.
“My decision to pursue the Senate Presidency is premised on our desire to push for genuine change for our nation. Hence for the cause of change and reforms we must push on in trying to secure 13,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Thursday.
He issued the statement in reaction to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s claim that he was approached by Pangilinan’s partymates in the Liberal Party to tell him that he could not get the number.
After signing a resolution supporting Pangilinan’s bid, Enrile declared that he was now ready to become a compromise candidate so long as he would be assured of the number by his colleagues.
Not alarmed by Enrile’s pronouncement, Pangilinan even thanked the Senate leader “for his continuing commitment to support our bid.”
Pangilinan also allayed fears of the absence of a Senate president when Congress opened its session on Monday.
“We will definitely have a Senate president come July 26 and we will work to ensure that this is achieved,” he said.
“We trust that our senators realize the urgent and pressing need to establish a working majority in the chamber to ensure that we are united in helping solve the country’s many problems. Without this unity we cannot deliver,” he further said.
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