By Macon Araneta i FilAm Star Correspondent

Confident  he has the full support of his colleagues in the Upper Chamber, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III  said he is not threatened that former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile would wrestle the senate leadership and reclaim his previous position after next year’s mid-term elections.

“I am not threatened at all, because I only serve for my colleagues,” said Sotto.
Sotto said he serves only at the pleasure of his colleagues and “any Senate president serves only at the pleasure of his colleagues in the majority.”

The 94-year old Enrile is running for senator in the coming elections under the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Being the oldest  to seek a national elective post, Enrile, a former Senate president said, he is not  going to wrestle with anybody physically during the campaign period.

“I am going to wrestle mentally,” said Enrile, noting that he will use social media to convey to the public  his platform of governance.

He said winning in next year’s elections would help him have a platform for his ideas.

“During the last three years that I was out of the Senate, I confined myself at home and studied our national condition,” said Enrile who was Senate president twice — first under former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from 2008 to 2010, and again under former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III from 2010 to 2013.

It was under his leadership when the Senate first ousted a Philippine chief justice, the late Renato Corona, in 2013.

Enrile was the 20th senator to convict Corona over the latter’s failure to declare his wealth.
Sotto said Enrile will be an asset in the Senate if he will be elected back to the Senate.

“If my colleagues would like to elect him as Senate President, I have no problem with that,” Sotto said.

Enrile, one the Senate’s “brilliant minds” during his time, is a lawyer by profession. Sotto, on the other hand, was a former actor-comedian and host of the longest-running noon-time TV show Eat Bulaga.

Sotto also said Enrile, also a former defense secretary,  could also join the majority bloc of the Senate.

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