MANILA - Re-electionist majority senators on Sunday welcomed the statement of support by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who is also president of the ruling political party, PDP-Laban.
Senator JV Ejercito said he and his fellow re-electionists, collectively called "The Force," have been working hard to champion the agenda of the administration in the past months.
"The senators belonging to 'The Force' have been working hard to champion the administration's agenda on infrastructure, education illegal drugs, corruption, among others. Our hard work is motivated by public interest not partisan politics," he said in a statement.
"We thank him for that statement since we have been supportive of his leadership and of the administration's initiatives," added Senator Sonny Angara, also a member of "The Force" along with Senators Cynthia Villar, Nancy Binay, and Grace Poe.
The two senators were reacting to Pimentel's Sunday interview, where he said the administration's allies in the Senate are being considered in the PDP-Laban's 2019 Senate slate.
They earlier expressed "displeasure" towards Pimentel's supposed "non-committal" stand on House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's seeming attempt to exclude them in the lineup.
Pimentel's preliminary lineup for PDP-Laban's Senate slate also includes Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, and. former MMDA chair Francis Tolentino.
Also included were Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Maguindanao Rep. Dong Mangudadatu, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali, Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Pia Cayetano, and Pimentel himself.
Pimentel stressed that the PDP-Laban has yet to come up with a final Senate slate for 2019 as they need to discuss this matter with the party's chairman, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Roman said she welcomes her inclusion in the PDP-Laban's non-official list but she will have to consult her constituents first.
Roque, for his part, said: "Thankful but still no resources."