Koko denies deal to turn over post to Sotto

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III (right) with Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III. (SPKP image)

SENATE President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Thursday denied making an agreement with Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III that he would step down from his post this year and be replaced by the latter.

“No agreement,” Pimentel told reporters in a Viber message, according to the PDI.

The Senate president, who is on a foreign trip, plans to hold a majority caucus when he returns to clear things with Sotto.

Earlier on Thursday, Senator Panfilo Lacson was quoted by the press as saying in a weekly forum in the Senate that Pimentel and Sotto had an understanding for the latter to replace the former.

Lacson said the change in leadership will happen either in July or October as Pimentel would be filing his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 mid-term elections.

Pimentel’s term ends on June 30, 2019.

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