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Sotto: 'Very divisive' death penalty bill priority in Senate debates

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:27 PM

The Senate will also prioritize the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act which amends the Human Security Act of 2007, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

PRIORITY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says death penalty is among the priority bills to discussed in the 18th Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Status quo: Tito Sotto reelected as Senate president

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Despite initial reports of neophytes wanting a change in leadership, the old leaders remain: Juan Miguel Zubiri as Majority Leader, Ralph Recto as Senate President Pro-Tempore, and Franklin Drilon as Minority Leader

PLEDGE. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘It’s the wish of the President’: Lawmakers to back Cayetano’s House bid on July 22

Jul 21, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Pampanga 3rd District Representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr says all 85 PDP-Laban congressmen will be supporting Alan Cayetano. Senate President Vicente Sotto III adds the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) will be supporting Cayetano too.

VICENTE SOTTO III. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINYON] Vico at Isko: Governance in the age of social media

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Inihanda ng mga tinalo nilang pulitiko ang botante para sa mga gaya nina Isko Moreno at Vico Sotto – nililinis, inaayos ang mga lugar na pinagpasasaan ng kanilang kapangyarihan

Robredo, Sotto gain approval, trust of more Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remained the least appreciated and trusted top Philippine official in her final week as a public official, according to a Pulse Asia survey

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III after she personally appeared before the Senate committee on finance for the deliberation of the 2019 budget of her office. File photo by OVP

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pasig City opens hotline for complaints, public record requests

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Here is how Pasig City residents can access its 24-hour information and complaints service

COMPLAINTS UNIT. The Pasig City government opens a 24/7 hotline and information desk also accessible online in an effort to increase transparency and cut corruption in the bureaucracy. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Sotto on Cayetano's threat to cut senators' term: 'No single person can do that'

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:39 PM

'No one owns the Senate. The Constitution and the people own the Senate,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III on house speaker bet Alan Peter Cayetano's threat

CUT SHORT? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says senators' term can't be simply amended by a law. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Vico Sotto promises to tell 'the good, the bad, the ugly' about Pasig City

Jul 15, 2019 - 2:07 PM

The Pasig City Mayor says he would dismiss and punish errant city workers, as he opens a 24-hour public information and complaints desk

MORE TRANSPARENCY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto launches a 24-hour public information & complaints desk to address corruption and lapses in city government services. Photo by Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The good mayors need us

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Well-intentioned local chief executives are up against vested interests that reject reforms, as well as temptations that come with power

Vico Sotto orders inventory of supplies amid missing P1.4B

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Pasig City government is 'now conducting a physical count of supplies and materials,' says Mayor Vico Sotto

New Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto takes his oath of office at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, June 30, in the presence of his celebrity parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vico Sotto tells Zagu: 'Follow the law, respect workers’ rights'

Jul 10, 2019 - 11:43 AM

The Pasig mayor intervenes in a tussle between unionist and pro-management workers, and defends the protesters' right to remain on strike

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

Sotto expects good working relations with House-led Cayetano

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano is already well-acquainted with the senators

SENATE PRESIDENT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he expects a good working relationship with the House of Representatives under former senator Alan Peter Cayetano, should he be elected as Speaker on July 22, 2019. Photo from the Senate of the Philippines Facebook page

Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Pasig’s Vico Sotto to city hall workers: Smile even when 'not in the mood'

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:04 PM

The new mayor uses his father's brand of humor as he issues a stern warning to city hall employees

NO JOKE. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (2nd right) tells city hall employees to do their jobs properly and with a smile. Photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

DILG commends 'young' new metro mayors

Jul 06, 2019 - 5:16 PM

Getting top billing from Secretary Año is Isko Moreno who scored major media mileage this week for drastic changes in Manila

NEW MAYORS. (L-R) Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. Photo of Sotto by Rob Reyes/Rappler, Binay and Moreno courtesy of their Facebook pages

Sotto doubts senators will support death penalty for plunder

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty for drug trafficking stands a better chance in the Senate

DEATH PENALTY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III expressed support on the bill reinstating death penalty for cases of plunder  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] The gospel according to Tito Sotto: Teach a man to fish, and his haul could be Chinese

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Senate President Tito Sotto – the man in the #Sinotto memes – comments on the 'exclusivity' of fish in the Recto Bank. Are his statements valid?

Sotto defends 14th month pay bill: 'There are exemptions'

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also urges critics of the bill to join public hearings on his proposal

14TH MONTH PAY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed the bill requiring the private sector to pay their employees a 14th month pay since the 16th Congress. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Vico Sotto suspends Pasig odd-even traffic scheme indefinitely

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Effective immediately, the new mayor's first order is part of a wide-ranging review of Pasig City's mobility and traffic situation

REVIEW. Mayor Vico Sotto forms a task force that will assess the traffic situation and the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme started by his predecessor. Photo from Sotto's FB

Sotto refiles bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:08 PM

In refiling the bill, Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the law should be further amended 'to adapt to changing times'

NO TO LOWER MINIMUM AGE. Children'€™s advocates and other groups hold a protest at the main gate of the Senate on January 25, 2019. They are against the bill seeking to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 years old to 12 years old. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Salamat Tito Sen

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Thanks, but no thanks, we don't need you for the laughter – what we need is an independent Senate to check this insanity

Beyond memes: How to rebut Sotto on 'exclusive' fish

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio explains to Rappler that as long as the fish is located in a coastal state's exclusive economic zone or EEZ, 'only that state can exploit it'

Passport for fishes? Netizens poke fun at Sotto's fish remark

Jun 28, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Netizens reimagine a world where fishes have citizenship, passports, and names more representative of their country of origin using memes

Senate President Vicente Sotto III photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto sees no problem with China fishing in Philippine waters

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'It’s very difficult to say that there is an exclusivity if it is underwater. The fish could be coming from China. And the fish from the Philippines could be going to China,' says Senate President Sotto

RESCUE AT SEA. Fishing boat M2M tows the F/B Gem-Ver to the shores of Barangay San Roque, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, on June 15, 2019. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto claims Chinese vessel did not sink Philippine fishing boat

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Quoting a 'Coast Guard expert,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the Chinese vessel did not sink F/B Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol talks to  22 fishermen of F/B Gem-Ver, who were rammed and sank by a Chinese Vessel in West Philippine Sea, in Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Mindoro Occidental on June 19, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Sotto meets with new, incumbent senators amid Senate leadership issue

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, who is reportedly vying for the Senate presidency, skips the meeting

MEETING. Administration senators of the 18th Congress meet on June 5 amid an apparent battle for the Senate leadership. Photo from Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri

As 17th Congress ends, Sotto hopes next Senate will 'remain independent'

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'We wish the coming Senate to carry on the task we are passing on to them. Let us remain cooperative but independent, balanced, transparent, and sincere,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Sen. Tito Sotto delivers his speech on the last day of 17th comgress. June 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Young metro mayors challenged to make every day World Bike to Work Day

Jun 04, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities urges the mayors to make a plan of cooperation linking Pasig, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, and Manila via protected bicycle lanes

CHALLENGE. The Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities participates in a World Bicycle Day event organized by Manila Moves and other groups in Ortigas on June 3, 2019. The think tank calls for elected young mayors in Metro Manila to make their cities friendly for bike commuters. All photos by AC Dimatatac

WATCH: Cynthia Villar refuses to sign resolution backing Sotto leadership

Jun 03, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Huwag n'yo ko idadamay sa away n'yo. Bakit hindi n'yo kausapin si Sotto at mga kapartido ninyo para matapos ang gulong ito?' an irked Senator Cynthia Villar tells senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Manny Pacquiao

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14 senators sign 'vote of confidence' resolution for Sotto's leadership in next Congress

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Cynthia Villar, who is reportedly replacing Senate President Vicente Sotto III, is not among the signatories of the draft resolution

CORPORATION CODE APPROVED ON 2ND READING: Senate President Vicente Sotto III bangs the gavel during the approval on second reading of Senate Bill No. 1280, which seeks to amend the decades-old Batas Pambansa Blg. 68 or the Corporation Code of the Philippines, on Wednesday’s session, August 1, 2018. (PRIB Photo by Joseph Vidal/01 August 2018)

Vico Sotto welcomes electoral protest of defeated Pasig City mayor

Jun 01, 2019 - 8:04 PM

'Sa akin, okay lang dahil lalong makikita ng lahat kung gaano ka-accurate ang resulta' says Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto who beat the incumbent by a wide margin

YOUNGEST MAYOR. Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto during his proclamation at the Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Lacson drafts resolution supporting Sotto as Senate President

May 31, 2019 - 11:03 AM

'Malaman namin ngayon sino sa inyo ang alanganin sa liderato ni Senate President Sotto. Dahil kung nagkausap-usap kami we are one in saying na happy kaming lahat sa liderato niya,' says Senator Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson at the senate hearing on Anti-Terrorism Bill, November 27, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva

[OPINION] Rekindling hope in new breed of alternative leaders

May 29, 2019 - 7:56 AM

What our recent experience tells us is that there is hope, imperceptible at first glance but solid at a second moment of reflection

WATCH: Kai Sotto shows improved shooting in workout video

May 21, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The seven-foot Filipino wunderkind has consistently knocked down midrange and three-point shots

SKY IS THE LIMIT. Kai Sotto will be the cornerstone of the Philippine team that will see action in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Cavs’ Collin Sexton likens workmate Kai Sotto to Dirk Nowitzki

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Collin Sexton and Kai Sotto train under the same skills coach and the Cavs hotshot says the Filipino teen can definitely ‘shoot it and space the floor’

IMPRESSED. Collin Sexton, who’s in Manila for the Jr NBA, showers the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto with praise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Death penalty for high-level drug traffickers 'possible' under new Senate

May 16, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It's a possibility now because nadagdag nga 'yung pro-death penalty [senators],' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Tito Sotto: Bong Go won't be Duterte's blind follower in the Senate

May 16, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'The way I know Bong Go, kapag may pinilit ang Palasyo na 'di niya gusto, papalag 'yun,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Tito sotto senate reelectionists laguna may 6. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto, Romulo proclamation marred by pro-Eusebio protest

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 AM

The victories of Vico Sotto and Roman Romulo end the 27-year political dominance of the Eusebio family in Pasig City

Proclamation of newly elected Mayor Vico Sotto and Vice Mayor Roman Romula at Pasig City Hall. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Vic Sotto on son Vico’s electoral win: It hasn't sunk in

May 15, 2019 - 6:00 AM

The Pasig mayor-elect's biggest fans – parents Vic Sotto and Coney Reyes – are ecstatic, to say the least

Eusebio on his way out; Vico Sotto set to win as Pasig mayor

May 14, 2019 - 1:35 AM

Roman Romulo, meanwhile, is likely to beat another Eusebio, reelectionist congressman Ricky Eusebio

VICO SOTTO. The newbie city legislator is poised to win the mayoralty race, ending the decades-long hold of the Eusebios. File photo from Vico Sotto's Facebook

Angel Locsin posts birthday tribute for late actor Miko Sotto

May 11, 2019 - 12:54 PM

The actress posts on Twitter in memory of her former boyfriend

ANGEL LOCSIN. The actress, seen here at the press conference for her show 'The General's Daughter,' posts a photo in memory of her former boyfriend, late actor Miko Sotto. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

‘Bikoy’ had same drug allegations vs Aquino administration in 2016 – Sotto

May 08, 2019 - 2:29 PM

(UPDATED) Peter Joemel Advincula or 'Bikoy' has apparently gone to Senate President Vicente Sotto III in December 2016, alleging the same drug accusations but against former president Benigno Aquino III and his colleagues

SAME REVELATIONS. Senate President Vicente Sotto III disputes allegations of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who identifies himself as 'Bikoy.' Senate PRIB photo

Tito Sotto endorses all 7 reelectionist senators

May 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'Ako po'y 27 taon nang senador. I have been with the best and the brightest,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, as he makes a pitch for the 7 senators seeking reelection

Laguna - Senate Reelectionists with SP. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Vic Sotto celebrates 65th birthday

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Happy birthday Bossing!

Robredo’s net satisfaction rating soars in March – SWS

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's net satisfaction rating jumps to a 'good' +42 in March from a 'moderate' +27 in December 2018

RATING UP. Vice President Leni Robredo shows a 15-point increase in her net satisfaction rating, according to a SWS survey released on her 54th birthday on April 23, 2019. Photo by OVP

Senators hail Duterte veto of P95.3-B infra funds in 2019 budget

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Senators say President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of questionable allotments in the 2019 national budget serves as a 'victory' for taxpayers

2019 BUDGET. Senators welcome President Rodrigo Duterte's veto of P95.3 billion in infrastructure funds in the 2019 budget. File Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Sotto, Lacson, Honasan seek Senate rebuke of US lawmakers

Apr 11, 2019 - 1:34 PM

The 3 senators file Senate Resolution 1037, seeking the rebuke of United States lawmakers for 'interfering' in Philippine affairs

'STRONG RESERVATIONS'. Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the changes made by the House of Representatives in the 2019 bdget bill after ratification by both houses of Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB