Sotto: I serve at the pleasure of my colleagues

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) — Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III is making light of a supposed attempt to oust him as Senate President.

In messages to media on Sunday, he said, "I serve at the pleasure of my colleagues. A majority of 13 may replace me anytime."

Sotto's comment came after Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson revealed in a radio interview that the Senate President received information about a resolution seeking his ouster.

However, Lacson claimed the effort had "fizzled out," adding that based on their accounting, it seemed like the 13 votes needed to oust Sotto would not be reached.

Lacson did not reveal the name of the person supposedly behind the attempt, but added, "Alam naman nila kung sino ‘yun...Pero, we're not taking it against anybody."

[Translation: They know who it is... But we're not taking it against anybody.]

Sotto, meanwhile, said he received news of the alleged attempt through a Senate employee who he has not named.

When asked if he believed the attempt would not have prospered, Sotto answered, "Well, no one has talked to me about it."

Lacson and Sotto confirmed they would be running for president and vice president, respectively, in the 2022 elections, although they said a formal announcement would be made by Aug. 4.