By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Grace Poe believed that opposition forces in the Upper Chamber might increase in strength should Senate President Vicente Sotto III be ousted as the chamber’s chief.
“Sa tingin ko kapag pinalitan talaga nila si Senator Sotto, may banta talaga na may mga iba na hindi sasanib doon sa mayorya (I think if Senator Sotto is replaced, there is a possibility that some senators will not anymore join the majority),” Poe said when asked in a chance interview with reporters in Senate.
“Ewan ko kung mas dadami [ang opposition senators] pero, masasabi kong mas lalakas kung lumipat si Tito Sen sa minority [bloc] ‘di ba?” she raised.
Poe, for her part, said she will join Sotto in the minority bloc if he decides to jump ship.
“Kung lilipat si Senator Sotto sa minority, sasama na lang ako,” she said.
Sotto backed Poe’s bid for reelection in the May 13 midterm polls. Poe, despite being an independent candidate, was adopted as an “honorary member” of Sotto’s Nationalist People’s Coalition.
The reelected senator said she will continue to support Sotto as she vouched for his leadership in the Senate.
“Alam mo si SP Sotto, minorya ka man o majority, pinoprotektahan niya ang institusyon ng Senado. Nakita ko ‘yung kanyang liderato; sasabihin niya sa akin, ‘Suportahan mo itong bill na ito,’ pero kapag na-eksplika kong hindi ko masusuportahan ‘yan, may paggalang. ‘Yan naman ang hinahanap natin; pero kapag sinabi naman niya sa amin na ‘Ito ang kailangan nating gawin’ at maayos ang pag-eksplika ay talaga namang hindi kami nag-aatubiling suportahan siya,” Poe explained.
Incumbent majority senators have earlier voiced out their support for the retention of Sotto as Senate President.