MANILA, Philippines - Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III believes that comedian Vice Ganda will be the first openly gay senator in the history of Philippine Senate if ever he decides to run in the future.
"Sa tingin ko ikaw ang unang baklang senador na hindi nahiya sa pagiging bakla," Pimentel told host Vice Ganda as he made a guest appearance on ABS-CBN's weekly show "Gandang Gabi Vice."
But when asked to confirm if there was a gay senator who has been hiding in the closet, Pimentel replied: "Well, mahirap na mag-accuse pero gusto kong sabihin na walang naglantad diyan. So if ever maging senador ka at qualified ka na sa age mo, you will be the first."
Last July, also on Vice Ganda's show, Senator Edgardo Angara hinted that there may have been gay senators in the Philippines.
Angara told Vice Ganda that the host will not be the first gay senator if ever he decides to run.
"Pwede kang senador. Maaring hindi ikaw ang mauuna, may mga... palagay ko hindi (ikaw ang una)," Angara told Vice Ganda, who is openly gay.