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Gatchalian is expected to run for Senate President.

MANILA – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, a reelectionist, revealed on Friday that he plans to run for Senate President in the upcoming 19th Congress.

Gatchalian, who is now ranked fourth in a partial and unofficial tally, will be serving his second six-year term.

The backing of his colleagues, he claimed, is the most important aspect in winning the Senate presidency, which is presently held by losing vice presidential candidate Vicente Sotto III.

“I’ve talked to several of our colleagues about it,” he said during an interview with a news channel. “Of course, because reelectionist naman ako (I’m a reelectionist) and I’ve been in the Senate for the last six years, I’ve also got some fantastic plans for the institution.”

He denied that the 19th Congress had selected the new Senate President.

“Of sure, the new senators should be proclaimed first, and they should take their seats first,” Gatchalian remarked.

Senator Cynthia Villar, returning Senator Francis Escudero, and reelectionist Senator Miguel Zubiri have all been mentioned as possible successors to Sotto.

Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, the incumbent, has stated his preference for Villar.

During a television interview, he added, “She is the most senior and number one in terms of showing good leadership.”

The unofficial tally also includes actors Robin Padilla, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Jinggoy Estrada, and JV Ejercito, as well as broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo, former Public Works secretary Mark Villar, and reelectionists Joel Villanueva and Risa Hontiveros.

Senators Christopher Bong” Go, Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Lito Lapid, Imee Marcos, Koko Pimentel, Bong Revilla, and Francis Tolentino will join Villar and dela Rosa.

If the top 12 remain the same, the 19th Congress will feature two sibling duos (Cayetanos and Ejercito-Estrada) and one mother-son duo (Villars).

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