STRESSING that he is set to join the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte middle of this year, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano said he is not interested in grabbing the Senate presidency from Sen. Koko Pimentel.
Cayetano made the remark amid the allegation of Sen. Sonny Trillanes that the former was plotting to oust Pimentel with the help of some colleagues who would later install him as Senate chief.
“Si Sen. Trillanes lang ang kaisa-isang senador na nagsasabi n’yan because s’ya lang ang nag-iisip n’yan,” said Cayetano in a press conference. The two senators are both members of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and ran for vice president in the national elections last May 9 but lost to then Rep. Leni Robredo.
“So, it’s a figment of the imagination of Sen. Trillanes. I have not attempted, I’m not attempting and I don’t have any plans to attempt to get the Senate leadership. Sen. Koko is trusted by the President,” he said.
He added: “Even if do get to be Senate president, right now, ano naman gagawin ko as Senate President for five or six months if I’m joining the President in whatever capacity? It’s useless. Sisirain ko lang ang pangalan ko kasi wala akong magagawa within five months. I wanted it when I thought I had 12 months.”
Cayetano has admitted that he already talked to Pimentel about his willingness to resign from the Senate if he is already causing some problems in the upper chamber.
“So, sabi ko kay Sen. Koko, ‘Pare, kung gusto mo pipirma ako. Mag-re resign ako sa Senate tutal tutulong ako sa Pangulo at pagdating ng middle ng 2017 kukunin ako ng ating Pangulo para tumulong sa kanya. If ako ang problema, and you don’t want me in the Senate. Sabi n’ya, ‘Pare walang ganun. You’re welcome here. Kelangan ka namin, tulong-tulong tayo,’” said Cayetano.
“So, kung tingin ni Senator Trillanes ako ang problema, eh, di sabay-sabay kami mag-resign kahit bukas. Kasi ako baligtad ang tingin ko. Siya ang problema sa Senado eh,” he said.