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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

No Charter change before polls, says Tito Sotto

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that any discussion regarding the proposed shift in the form of government to a federal system would best be done after the May 2019 elections. Source link link: No Charter change before polls, says Tito Sotto.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Sotto tells no-el proponents to explain such initiative

Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III on Thursday said proponents pushing for the cancellation of the 2019 national elections should explain and convince the senators why is it necess.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Senate President Tito Sotto says & apos;no-elections& apos; in 2019 possible - Philippine Star

Senate President Tito Sotto says 'no-elections' in 2019 possible - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 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

Sotto: TRAIN 2 may be approved before 2019 elections

Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday said his bill for the second package of the government's tax reform program has a chance to be approved before the 2019 Elections. According to Sotto, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) 2 might be granted if proven that it would benefit the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). "If it is indeed good and if my assumption is correct that it would benefit the MSMEs, it has a chance of getting passed," Sotto, speaking in Filipino, said during an interview at AM radio station DWIZ. Sotto filed the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act for TRAIN 2 (Senate Bill No. 1906), which gpt a cold reception f...Keep on reading: Sotto: TRAIN 2 may be approved before 2019 elections.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

‘No-el’ is dead withouster of Alvarez

SENATORS expressed the belief that the move for no-elections on 2019 is a dead issue now with the ouster of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez as House Speaker. Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that the move for no elections by Alvarez is not constitutional at all as he….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Explain to Us Why No-El Is Necessary: Sotto

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Thursday said those pushing for the cancellation of the 2019 midterm elections must clearly explain first to senators the necessity of the proposal. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier floated the possibility of a “no-el”(no election) scenario for 2019 for Congress to focus on Charter change and the country’s […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

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

Senators shield Diokno from House attack

  Several senators have taken the cudgels for Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno after the House of Representatives urged President Duterte to fire him for inserting huge infrastructure funding in the proposed 2019 budget, allegedly without the President's knowledge.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III lauded Diokno's performance as the official in charge of crafting the administration's spending plan.   "Ben Diokno has been doing a good job and has never been known to indulge in any illegal actions as far as the government budget is concerned," Sotto said in a text message on Thursday.   Whether he should be dismissed would depend on his explanati...Keep on reading: Senators shield Diokno from House attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

No time to pass budget bill, say Senate leaders

A reenacted national budget for at least January is all but certain, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.   Senate leaders on Wednesday ruled out any chance of passing the proposed P3.8-trillion national budget for 2019 this month, even if President Rodrigo Duterte were to call a special session of Congress.   The last session day for this year is today.   The joint session on Wednesday to tackle the President's request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year has added to the delay in budget hearings in the Senate.   Sotto said there was simply no time to finish plenary debates, incorporate all the amendments proposed by ...Keep on reading: No time to pass budget bill, say Senate leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri

        Xi now dubbed the disputed territory as the "Sea of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation," Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri told reporters at the Senate.   Zubiri said the Chinese leader talked about the disputed territory when he met with the leaders of Philippine Congress at a hotel in Taguig City.   The meeting, he said, was also attended by Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, and Senators Gringo Honasan and Panfilo Lacson, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and other House leaders.   "Ang binanggit po nya (Xi), maganda naman daw pinag usapan nila ni Preside...Keep on reading: Xi pushes for ‘maritime mechanism’ to ease South China Sea tension – Zubiri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

House to approve ‘pork-free’ 2019 budget today — Andaya

The House of Representatives will pass the proposed P3.757-trillion 2019 budget on final reading during their afternoon session today, according to House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. "In line with our constitutional duty as well as the agreement with the finance committee of the Senate, we will pass the budget on third reading today..." Andaya said in a press briefing. This is contrary to the chamber's November 28 target date of approval, which Senate President Vicente Sotto III said was "too late." READ: House to approve 2019 nat'l budget on November 28 -- panel exec READ: Senators doubt okay of P3.7-T budget by Dec. 12 Andaya also dismissed Senator Panfilo Lacson's...Keep on reading: House to approve ‘pork-free’ 2019 budget today — Andaya.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Senators doubt okay of P3.7-T budget by Dec. 12

There may not be enough time for the Senate to approve the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for next year if the House of Representatives would pass the budget bill by November 28. "That is too late," Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto IIII said in a text message when sought for comment on Monday. "I'm afraid we might not be able to finish on time. They have to do better than that and submit earlier," Sotto added. The House leadership has set Nov. 28 as its target to approve the bill and pass it onto the Senate. READ: P3.76-T nat'l budget will be approved on time, House assures Senate Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri echoed the same concern, saying ...Keep on reading: Senators doubt okay of P3.7-T budget by Dec. 12.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

Sotto defends Duterte’s ‘power naps’ in Singapore

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday downplayed criticisms of President Rodrigo Duterte's "power naps," saying: "Hindi dapat ito masamain." [These shouldn't be taken in a bad way.] Last Nov. 14, on the second day of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore, the President Duterte missed some events attended by other regional leaders reportedly because he took "power naps." READ:Duterte 'took power naps' during absence in Asean events --- Palace In an interview with AM radio station DWIZ, Sotto said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. might have advised the President to not attend some sessions. "Siguro yung secret...Keep on reading: Sotto defends Duterte’s ‘power naps’ in Singapore.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2018

Making some sense of the US elections (and ours in May 2019)

AS MANY among us are fans of United States politics, the midterm elections for House and Senate seats in the US creates a lot of discussion and often, comparisons with our own political system. For one, this is a test of how well the controversial US President Donald Trump has played his political cards towards […] The post Making some sense of the US elections (and ours in May 2019) appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Sotto: Burden on Comelec to fix party-list system

Senate President Vicente Sotto III agrees that the country's party-list system has been "abused," amid reports that groups seeking representation in the House of Representatives are filled with members of political clans and people who do not belong to marginalized sectors.   But Sotto put the onus of cleaning up the system on the Commission on Elections (Comelec), as a new law reforming it could be a long shot.   "The ball is now in the hands of the Comelec," he said at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum on Wednesday.   According to Sotto, the Comelec could disqualify any candidate or party-list group on its own initiative.   Through legislation ...Keep on reading: Sotto: Burden on Comelec to fix party-list system.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Sotto thinks gov’t knows about China’s weather stations in Spratlys

    Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III believes the Philippine government has knowledge about the three weather observation stations reportedly set up by China in three reefs of the Spratly islands. In a report of the South China Morning Post quoting Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, it said that China installed the weather stations on Kagitingan, Subi, and Panganiban Reefs in the West Philippine Sea.   Sotto said he is privy to the dialogues between the country's executive department and the leaders of China regarding the disputed waters, and that it has been established that China "(does) agree that those areas are ours."   ...Keep on reading: Sotto thinks gov’t knows about China’s weather stations in Spratlys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018