Senator Koko Pimentel III congratulated President Rodrigo Duterte as he vacated Malacañang.
Pimentel thanked Duterte for his sacrifices for the nation.
“Enjoy non-political life for the time being or at last.”
“I wish him good health, after his tenure as President, so he can spend more time with his family. Enjoy non-political life for the time being or at last. Kasi more than 30 years na yata si President Duterte sa public service,” the veteran legislator said in an interview at the Senate.
“Maraming physical changes. ‘Yan naman ang nakikita talaga ng tao. That would be his major legacy,” the seasoned lawmaker added.
The veteran legislator declared last March that he is “no longer a personal ally” of Duterte because they do not talk anymore and are no longer party mates.
The PDP-Laban wing of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and the other side led by Pimentel and Senator Manny Pacquiao are at odds.
The Cusi-led faction was recognized as the dominant majority party by the Commission on Elections prior to the May 9 polls.
However, Pimentel said he holds no grudges against President Duterte.
“Wala akong sama ng loob.”
“Wala akong sama ng loob at tuloy ang laban (I harbor no ill feelings [toward President Duterte] and the fight goes on]. We will never surrender. But the case does not involve Duterte. It involves Secretary Cusi. Kami na ni Secretary Cusi ang mangbanggaan,” Pimentel said, referring to Cusi as the real architect without elaborating.