Aquino calls Drilon as 'The Only Big Man' at the Senate

May 23, 2013 10:35 pm 

MANILA, May 23 — With the Team PNoy's victory in the May 13 mid-term elections — getting nine out of 12 senatorial candidates — President Benigno Aquino III lauded Sen. Franklin Drilon for his tireless efforts as campaign manager of the administration party.

Although he did not endorse the senator as the next Senate president, President Aquino, at the thanksgiving party of Team PNoy Wednesday evening at Club Filipino in San Juan, has called Drilon as "the only Big Man" at the Senate.

"May mga pagkakataon po talagang kinakailangan nating tutukan ang ilang isyung pambansang kailangan pong harapin. Kampante naman po tayong maipapaabot sa ating mga kababayan ang mensahe ng Team PNoy, at ang mabubuting bagay na nagaganap sa ating bansa sa pamumuno ng walang kakupas-kupas natin siyempreng campaign manager, the only 'Big Man' of the Senate, Sen. Frank Drilon (There are times when we really need to focus on certain issues concerning our country. But we are confident of delivering the message of Team PNoy and other good news happening in the country to the public with the help of our campaign manager, the only Big Man of the Senate, Senator Franklin Drilon)," he said.

"Bilib na bilib tayo sa atin pong 'Big Man' — walang reklamo, kalmadong-kalmado, at hindi talaga tatawag at mang-aabala ng iba nang walang importanteng dahilan (I am really impressed with our Big Man — no complaints, calm and will not call and bother others unless it is important)," he added.

President Aquino earlier said he will not interfere with the affairs of the Senate out of respect of the independence of the co-equal branch of government.

He said it is up for the senators to decide on who will be the next Senate President in the 16th Congress.

Drilon, in a chance interview with reporters at the thanksgiving party, is optimistic that the administration coalition will band together with the opening of the 16th Congress in July.

"We run on the basis of the platform of good governance. I am confident that the coalition will stick together in order that we can continue the reform agenda of President Noynoy," he said.

Drilon served as Senate President in 2000, as well as from 2001 to 2006. (PNA)

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