Things don't add up in the bid for Senate Presidency

If Cayetano and Sotto are accurate, then that means we have 33 senators.

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( Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Vicente Sotto III are head to head in their bid to lead the Upper House. Cayetano said on Monday, May 30, that he already has the nod of 15 senators, while Sotto claimed that he has the support of 18 of them. That's a total of 33. The Philippine Senate is composed of 24 individuals, so things aren't exactly adding up. 


Incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon is also expected to be in the running to retain his post. However, he previously mentioned in an interview that he is willing to yield to "whoever has 13 signatures." Otherwise, he will continue as Senate President.


Completing the four-way fight is Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). An official from the party revealed that they are campaigning for the senator's win to align with the legislative agenda of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who is PDP-Laban's chairperson. Sotto, however, claims that Pimentel is part of his 18 supporters.

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