Pangilinan bares conversation with fellow VP aspirant Sotto: 'We hope there will be forgiveness'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 14) — Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is hoping for healing and reconciliation with the family of Senate President Tito Sotto after deciding to compete against him in the vice presidential race in 2022.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Thursday, Pangilinan echoed the dilemma of his wife, Megastar Sharon Cuneta, about the competing bids of the two men she "greatly loves."

Sotto is the husband of Cuneta's maternal aunt, veteran actress Helen Gamboa. He announced his bid as early as last month, in tandem with Sen. Ping Lacson.

READ: Lacson, Sotto officially announce presidential, VP bids 

Pangilinan said the day before the announcement, he called Sotto to explain that it was not really his plan to run vice president but that Vice President Leni Robredo asked him to be her running mate.

"Syempre hindi madali ang sitwasyon gaya ng nasabi rin at na-post ni Sharon but I guess lahat naman ng pamilya mayroon talagang hindi pagkakasundo, merong mga tampuhan, hidwaan," he added, "Our family is no different except that syempre very public ang aming naging differences."

[Translation: Of course, the situation is not easy like what Sharon posted but I guess all families have differences, bickerings. Our family is no different except that of course, our differences are very public.]

"Masakit para sa atin (It hurts) and I am hoping, Sharon and I prayed about it also, that in the end, like all other families that go through rifts, we hope that there will be forgiveness and reconciliation for the hurts that may have been caused."

The senator shared that Sotto calmly acknowledged the issue.

"Sabi niya ganyan talaga, nangyayari yan (He said things like this really happen) and I appreciate that. There was recognition that these things happen even if we prefer a set of different circumstances," Pangilinan added.

Pangilinan is running in tandem with Robredo under the Liberal Party, which he serves as president. Robredo is the party chair but she is running as an independent bet.

Aside from the Lacson-Sotto tandem, Robredo and Pangilinan will go head-to-head with the tandems of Manny Pacquiao-Lito Atienza, Isko Moreno-Willie Ong, Bato dela Rosa-Bong Go, and Bongbong Marcos, who has yet to announce his running mate.