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kiko pangilinan’s withdrawal from senate presidency bid an excellent tactical move

there are news reports saying senator kiko pangilinan is withdrawing his bid for the senate presidency and the LP is joining forces with others to preserve the unity in the senate.

we think that is a very wise and simply an excellent move for the LP. the LP must have decided on this move as they must have confirmed they do not have the votes to win the seat in the senate.

withdrawing pangilinan’s bid for the senate presidency saves the LP from being a “loser” in the senate. now that they have withdrawn, the LP has now become the kingmaker at the senate, the swing vote not only for the senate presidency seat but for legislative matters.

being part of the majority, it puts the LP as part of the power base in the senate. it has a voice and can influence the majority versus putting them in the minority had they pursued pangilinan’s losing bid. down the line, the LP has leverage as the lower house appears to be theirs with belmonte seemingly assured of a win as speaker of the house.

also, being in the majority puts the LP within shooting distance of a chance to move up to the senate presidency, as perhaps next in line if down the road, months from now there is a need to look for a new senate president. we have previously seen changes occur in the senate presidency mid term.

on the whole, this withdrawal of pangilinan’s bid is really an excellent tactical move. we congratulate the LP!

Pangilinan quits Senate chief race

By Maila Ager
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 08:50:00 07/25/2010

MANILA, Philippines—On the eve of the opening of the 15th Congress on Monday, Senator Francis ”Kiko” Pangilinan announced that he is withdrawing from the Senate presidency race, saying that pursuing his bid would only keep the chamber “fragmented and disunited.”

“Much as I would like to go down fighting, I realize that to continue with my bid would keep the Senate fragmented and disunited. The disunity must now end. I believe i can help make it happen by voluntarily stepping aside,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Sunday.

“After prayer and reflection, consulting my family and our Senate allies, I have decided to withdraw from the race in order to pave the way for the senators to choose another from our ranks who can unite us,” he said.

Pangilinan belongs to the Liberal Party, the political group of newly elected President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. The only other LP members in the Senate are Senators Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, and Teofisto Guingona III.

Pangilinan admitted that he could not get the 13 votes needed to get elected Senate president.

“I realize today that there are political realities and developments that prevent us from securing the needed 13 votes resulting in a deadlock or stalemate,” he said.

“The inability of a majority in the Senate to unite behind one leader does not speak well of the Senate and the individual senators. Sa halip na pagkakaisa ay nagkakanya kanya. This does not serve the national interest. It is a disservice to our people who want to see in our leaders efforts at solving the country’s many problems. Instead they see political maneuvering and posturing,” he added.

Pangilinan thus urged his colleagues in the Senate to set aside their differences and unite, pointing out the Filipinos’ expressed desire for genuine change.

“The first order of business for the Senate in order to do its job is to be able to achieve unity. With my withdrawal, I am hopeful we can help make it happen,” he said.

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