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Senate President Tito Sotto says ‘no-elections’ in 2019 possible

A no-election (“no-el”) scenario in May 2019 is possible under the present Constitution as suggested by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in order to facilitate the administration’s effort to change the form of government from unitary to federal, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

Aguirre on 2019 elections, Sotto to file cyber-libel complaint, Trump on North Korea | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was only joking about including him in the ruling PDP-Laban's 2019 senatorial slate.  Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto plans to file a cyber-libel complaint against 'Cocoy' Dayao.  United States President Donald Trump says North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Senate President Tito Sotto says ‘no-elections’ in 2019 possible

A no-election (“no-el”) scenario in May 2019 is possible under the present Constitution as suggested by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in order to facilitate the administration’s effort to change the form of government from unitary to federal, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Sotto: ‘We can pass a law postponing’ polls

By Camille A. Aguinaldo and Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporters SENATE PRESIDENT Vicente C. Sotto III said on Thursday a law may be passed postponing the 2019 elections “if it was indeed necessary” to allow Congress more time to tackle amendments to the 1987 Constitution.Malacañang on the other hand assured the 2019 midterm elections will proceed… link: Sotto: ‘We can pass a law postponing’ polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Villar: Sotto could be next Senate president

LLANERA, Nueva Ecija - Senator Cynthia Villaron Mondayconfirmed Sen. Panfilo Lacson's announcement that senators had agreed to elect Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto as the replacement of Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, who would step down to focus on his reelection bid in 2019. "It's not a problem for us senators. It won't bring trouble," said Villar, who graced the "Banua A Mannalo (Bayaning Magsasaka)" Festival during this town's 63rd foundation day. Lacson apologized to Pimentel when the Senate leader denied that Sotto would succeed him by June or October.  ...Keep on reading: Villar: Sotto could be next Senate president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019

      Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito' Sotto III bared on Thursday the initial list of possible senatorial candidates the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) would be endorsing in 2019.   Sotto said the list includes incumbent senators Grace Poe, Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar, Sonny Angara, and former Senator and now Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano.   Senate President Aqulino "Koko" Pimentel III, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, were also part of the list.   Asked about Senator JV Ejercito and his half-brother, former Senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, ...Keep on reading: Sotto bares initial list of Senate bets NPC will endorse in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Duterte can t seek another term under draft federal Charter-Sotto

Senate President Tito Sotto, President Duterte and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. INQUIRER file photo Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto said on Saturday that President Ro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Sotto visits detained De Lima in Camp Crame

      Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III paid a quick visit to Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday in Camp Crame where she is being detained. Sotto spoke with De Lima at the Camp Crame Custodial Center for 37 minutes. Sotto said he visited De Lima to check on her status and how… link: Sotto visits detained De Lima in Camp Crame.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Inquirer defers using contributions by Pepsi Paloma writer

MANILA, Philippines – To accommodate requests by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Inquirer.net deferred using articles by its US-based contributor, Rodel Rodis, as the website investigates Rodis' articles on the late teen star Pepsi Paloma. Sotto wants the Pepsi Paloma articles taken down. "The management of INQUIRER.net announced it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Sotto opposes Senate investigation on priest killings

Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III opposed Senator Risa Hontiveros' proposal for a Senate probe on the spate of killings of Catholic priests in the country. Sotto wondered wha.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

10 endearing facts about Senate President Tito Sotto

Gian Sotto is the only son and second to the youngest child of newly installed Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and one of the most beautiful faces in showbiz, Helen Gamboa Sotto......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Bong Go: I won’t run for Senate

President Rodrigo Duterte's most trusted aide seems to be following in his boss' footsteps. Like President Rodrigo Duterte, who played coy for months before announcing his decision to seek the highest post in the land in the 2016 elections, Christopher "Bong" Go over the weekend took to social media to reiterate that he had no plans of running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections. Go, the special assistant to the President, made the remarks a day after the President teased an audience of newly elected barangay officials that Go wanted a seat in the Senate. In a Facebook post, Go said he simply wanted to do his job, which was to follow his boss' orders. "Do not worry, as ...Keep on reading: Bong Go: I won’t run for Senate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

PH Independence Day fete in LA welcomes Senate Pres. Sotto

  LOS ANGELES - Philippine Independence Coordinating Council of Southern California (PICCSC) kicked off the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 2 at Hilton Los Angeles International Airport with ceremony and entertainment.   The celebration began with a presentation of Philippine Revolutionary flags followed by the arrival of Fil-Am community leaders led by City of Carson Councilman Elito M. Santarina, cultural dance performances by F Kayamanan ng Lahi, and the recognition of Philippine Independence Ambassadors of Goodwill.   Newly elected Philippine Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, the main guest of honor and speaker, recalle...Keep on reading: PH Independence Day fete in LA welcomes Senate Pres. Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Show data to support BBL’s ‘awesome’ fiscal powers—Recto

Saying that the “law is in the details,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto yesterday pressed the government to submit “the economic fine print” that will underpin the proposed Bangsamoro government’s fiscal autonomy.In a request coursed through Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Recto sought “facts and figures that will bolster the financial feasibility” of the Bangsamoro self-ruled homeland.Recto said the submission of these will clarify ambiguities in the provisions in Bangsamoro Basic Law bill, and “hasten its passage in the Senate.””Like any bill, if you scratch the surface of a provision of the BBL, you will find the price tag underneath,” Recto said.Among the data Recto has requested are “national revenue collections in ARMM since its creation to the present, as well as budget utilization of ARMM, including relevant financial statements, from the time it was created.”Included in the request are “budget allocations and subsidies lodged in different national government agencies, earmarked and off-budget revenue sources.”“The purpose is to find out if past allocations to ARMM were at levels sufficient to meet the imperatives of growth, because if these are historically lacking, then we are properly informed not to commit the same mistakes with the future Bangasamoro government,” Recto said. In his letter to Zubiri, Recto also sought additional data on the formula used in computing and allocating the proposed Annual Block Grants, “funds which are to be automatically appropriated and released by the national government.” For 2019, the Block Grant is pegged at P72 billion. “What then is the revenue basis used in setting this amount?” Recto said.Recto likewise requested “elaboration” on the nature of the Special Development Fund, or SDF, which has been pegged at P100 billion for 20 years, P10 billion of which shall be given by the national government the year following the ratification of the BBL.“What is the basis for the SDF? What are examples of projects to be funded by this?” Recto said.He also asked for the “negative list of projects or programs” which cannot be funded by the block grant or by the SDF.Recto also requested for social and economic indicators at all levels of the present ARMM, and “programs that will result in better socio-economic numbers.”He said that BBL proponents in the executive branch should also submit a comparative matrix between Republic Act 6734 (ARMM Organic Act), Republic Act 9054 (Amended ARMM Organic Act), and the BBL.“A side-by-side tale of tapes, comparing past, current models, and the future one would help us create the best BBL which will encapsulate all our dreams and visions for a peaceful, progressive South,” Recto said.The senator reiterated his support “for a constitutionally-compliant, fiscally-responsible, grassroots-accepted organic law for the autonomous region.”Speaker: PDP to campaign vs poll bets against federalismSpeaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday said the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) will actively campaign against candidates for senator and other elective positions in the 2019 elections who are opposed to a federal system of government.Speaking before over 3,000 new members of the PDP at the Datu Lipus Makapandong Cultural Center, Alvarez urged the people in the province to support the advocacy of President Duterte and the PDP for a shift to a federal system of government, which he said would open up the development potential of the provinces and the regions.“I have one request, please don’t vote for candidates, particularly for senator, who are opposing federalism,” Alvarez told the new PDP members composed practically of the entire local officials of the province led by Agusan Del Sur Gov. Edward Adolph Plaza, 2nd District rep. Evelyn Mellana and 1st District Rep. Maria Valentina Plaza.With the mass oath-taking, the province of Agusan del Sur became the newest addition to the PDP country.In interview with the local media after the event, Alvarez explained his call against anti-federalism candidates.Alvarez said the ruling party was pushing for federalism to ensure inclusive development, particularly of the poor and neglected areas of the country.Alvarez said it was also time to elevate the political maturity of the nation by focusing the campaign on issues instead of the old practice of politics based solely on popularity or personality.He dared the senatorial hopefuls for the 2019 elections to make a clear stand on the issue of federalism.Alvarez said that if a candidate was opposed to federalism then he was clearly against the interest of provinces and regions.Accompanying Alvarez in the event were Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles and Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, whom the Speaker said would be included in the senatorial slate of the administration party for the 2019 senatorial contest.Earlier, Alvarez said that among the benefits of federalism was that the regions or states would retain the lion’s share of the taxes, instead of having to make do with the meager share the central government was currently sending back to the provinces.He said it was crucial to achieve a shift to a federal system of government within the term of President Duterte, who was the only presidential candidate in the 2016 elections who pushed for a federal system of government.Kimberly Otaza, 26, municipal councilor of Loreto, Agusan Del Sur, who was among the new PDP members, said she fully embraces the idea of federalism.Another new PDP member, 45-year old Duric Gavino, a barangay kagawad of Brgy. Poblacion, Prosperidad town of the province, also expressed support for a shift to a new form of government.Gavino added that he was thankful that President Duterte and the PDP are pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.“So, we thank the President. We support federalism.” he stressed.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Trillanes requests copy of Senate’s CCTV footage to prove his case vs Paras

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has requested a copy of a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage at the Senate to prove that his accuser, Labor Undersecretary Jacinto Paras, was a liar. In a letter to Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Wednesday, Trillanes specified the CCTV footage at the Senate session hall last May 29. "[The] said video will be used in my response to the case that was recently filed against me by Usec. Jacinto "Jing" Paras," he said in the letter. Paras earlier filed a complaint against Trillanes for allegedly threatening his life when he attended a Senate hearing last week. He also denied initiating a handshake with the senator. But Trillanes...Keep on reading: Trillanes requests copy of Senate’s CCTV footage to prove his case vs Paras.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Faces of the News: Tito Sotto

The comedian-turned-politician now joins the ranks of statesmen Jovito Salonga, Gil Puyat, Quintin Paredes, Manuel Roxas and Manuel L. Quezon after his recent election as Senate President.   But hardly had Sotto warmed his seat when a skeptical public began questioning not only his capability but also his integrity to hold such a powerful position in government.   He had been hounded by questions of ethics and accused of having plagiarized parts of his speeches as a senator, accusations he either fiercely denied or nonchalantly brushed aside.   In a bid to be taken more seriously, the senator said he would give up cohosting chores on the noontime show...Keep on reading: Faces of the News: Tito Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Pimentel: I’m no longer Senate president; let’s get used to it

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimintel III said on Saturday that people should get used to him being no longer the Senate president, a post now occupied by Sen. Vicente "Tito" Sotto III. "I'm now just a senator," he said in Filipino in an interview over AM radio station DWIZ. "Let's get used to that." He said was looking forward to work with other lawmakers in pushing reforms -- this time, as chair of different committees. "I should dedicate my time on my chairmanships. So I'll still be busy," Pimentel said. According to Pimentel, he currently heads the Committee on Trade, Industry, and Entrepreneurship and the Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System. He also said ...Keep on reading: Pimentel: I’m no longer Senate president; let’s get used to it.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Sotto says he d focus on work as Senate President than be fazed by critics

Newly-installed Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III on Thursday said he would rather focus on his job as the leader of the upper chamber than be distracted by critics. 'It'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Sotto doubts impeachment is the only way to remove an impeachable official

  Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III remains neutral on the Senate resolution urging the Supreme Court to review itsruling on a quo warranto petition that led to the ouster of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. However, at the Kapihan sa Senado on Thursday, Sotto expressed doubts that impeachment was the only way to remove impeachable government officials. He cited the case of Vice President Leni Robredo, the subject of an election protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. "Kung sinasabi natin, ini-insist natin, ang impeachable officer para maalis lang lang ay by impeachment lang, papaano kung ang protesta ni Senator Marcos nanalo...Keep on reading: Sotto doubts impeachment is the only way to remove an impeachable official.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Death penalty should be reimposed for high-level drug trafficking, says Sotto

    The proposed bill for the reimposition of the death penalty in the Philippines may pass into law this year, but only if to punish high level drug traffickers, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said on Thursday. Sotto, who recently assumed Senate leadership, said the measure has more chance at the chamber if it aims to stop high level drug trafficking. "Ang tingin ko may pagasa kaming makakuha ng mahigit 13 boto kung ang pag-uusapan lang ay yung high level drug trafficking lamang," Sotto told reporters. Reacting to the call from the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) for the reimposition of capital punishment for heinous crimes, Sotto said ...Keep on reading: Death penalty should be reimposed for high-level drug trafficking, says Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

6 years after delivering his copied speech, Sotto is still defending it

It has been years since the controversial address he delivered, but Tito Sotto, the country's new senate president, insists it wasn't inappropriately lifted from other people's work......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018