Newbies in Senate get advice

Franklin Drilon

SENATE Minority Leader Franklin Drilon yesterday urged neophyte senators to observe first and learn from Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as Senate President before pushing for a leadership change in the Upper Chamber.

“They have not witnessed Senator Sotto as Senate President, papalitan mo na. Hindi po ganun ang tradisyon po sa Senado,” Drilon said over dzBB.

“Makinig muna sila, mag-observe muna sila, kung paano ginagawa ang batas, ano ang consideration sa paggawa ng batas, ano ang kailangan i-research natin. Yan ang dapat i-concentrate ng mga baguhan, huwag yung papalitan ko si Sotto,” he said.

Drilon made the remark after newly-elected senators reportedly wanted to install Senator Cynthia Villar as head of the Senate to replace Sotto.

“Mag-aral sana ang mga baguhan dahil sa hindi lang ganyan-ganyan yan,” said Drilon, who had held the position of Senate President in the past.

He added that if a neophyte senator announces that he wants the incumbent Senate President removed, nobody will listen to him, until the leader has committed a “mortal sin.”

At the same time, Drilon said that in his experience in the Senate, nobody announces a coup against the Senate President.

What is more important in the Senate, he added, is signed support for a senator to be the Senate President and not “media announcements.”