Lacson says Pimentel is next Senate President

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2016 04:55 PM

Current Senate President Franklin Drilon and PDP-Laban President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III

Drilon says he has no knowledge

MANILA - Incoming Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson on Tuesday said PDP-Laban President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III enjoys the support of a "super majority" in his bid for the Senate presidency.

On his Twitter account, Lacson said preparations are underway for the 17th Congress with current Senate President Franklin Drilon sliding down to the Senate President Pro-Tempore post.

Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, meanwhile, will be the Majority Leader, he said.

Drilon, however, said he has no knowledge of the circumstances behind Lacson's statement.

But he said being Senate President Pro-Tempore and Minority Leader are among his options.

"No knowledge of circumstances behind Ping's statement. When, and only when, the SP candidate has 13 votes, then the pro temp post becomes one of the options. Being the Minority Leader is another option. Without anyone with 13 votes, I remain SP," Drilon said in a text message.

Another contender for the Senate presidency, Alan Peter Cayetano, earlier said he has the support of 15 senators.

Cayetano was the running mate of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. He lost to Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.