MANILA - Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Wednesday that he is not threatened by former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile's bid to return to the upper chamber of Congress in the 2019 midterm elections.
The 94-year-old Enrile served at the helm of the Senate twice--first under the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from 2008 to 2010, and again under Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III from 2010 to 2013.
Sotto, meanwhile, was elected Senate President for the first time last May.
"Why would I be threatened with that? I've heard the interview of JPE and asked about my Senate presidency, he gave nice words," said Sotto.
"He would be an asset. If my colleagues will elect him as SP (Senate President), I will give it, I serve at the pleasure of my colleagues," he added.
He noted that like him, Enrile is an original member of the so-called Senate "macho bloc."
Senators Panfilo Lacson and Gringo Honasan are also part of the group.