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Sotto says Honasan to leave Senate for DICT

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the number of senators 'may be reduced' to 22 when the Senate resumes session in November

NEW DICT HEAD? Senate President Vicento Sotto III says Senator Gringo Honasan may soon accept the offer to head DICT. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate leaders ask Duterte to intervene as House voids Road Board abolition

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:17 PM

(UPDATED) Senate leaders say President Duterte holds the 'key' since he himself supports the abolition of the graft-ridden Road Board

PRESIDENTIAL INTERVENTION. Senate leaders are waiting for President Rodrigo Duterte to tell the House majority to support the abolition of the 'corrupt' Road Board. Photos of Senators Vicente Sotto III (left) and Franklin Drilon (right) by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Duterte photo from Malacanang, background image from Shutterstock

Senate calls for suspension of driver-only car ban on EDSA

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(4th UPDATE) In a resolution, the Senate 'strongly' urges the MMDA to 'conduct public consultations' and provide 'real solutions to Metro Manila congestion'

BAN. MMDA personnel jot down vehicle plate numbers of private cars violating the High Volume Occupancy dry run implementation along Edsa in Quezon City on August 15, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Unlike House, Senate backs cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:40 PM

While senators are united against having a reenacted budget next year, it is not enough, as House approval is needed

File photo from the 17th Congress. Photo from Senate PRIB

MISLEADING: Sotto 'bares' senators linked to alleged 2016 poll fraud

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Senate President has yet to name those who 'benefited' from irregularities in the 2016 elections, but a YouTube video thumbnail appears to implicate 4 opposition senators

Screenshot of website that appears to implicate 4 senators in the alleged 2016 poll fraud

'Ugly, embarrassing' debacle proves House can't amend Constitution

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:17 PM

'What happened yesterday is a strong argument against a parliamentary form of government where patronage politics plays a major, if not the only, role in selecting our country’s top leader,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Mara Cepeda

Senate inaction on China: No inquiry amid militarization

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Experts tell Rappler it is the Senate's 'patriotic duty' to protect the Philippines' territorial integrity as China militarizes the South China Sea

Inquirer news site's Pepsi Paloma articles now inaccessible

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:18 PM

(5th UPDATE) 'The rape of Pepsi Paloma' and 'Was Pepsi Paloma murdered?' written by United States-based columnist Rodel Rodis are no longer available on Inquirer.net

PEPSI PALOMA. Senator Tito Sotto has asked the Inquirer.net to delete articles on Pepsi Paloma written by US-based contributor Rodel Rodis. Photo of Rodel Rodis from his Facebook page. Photo of Tito Sotto by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators: Like Dengvaxia, Barangay Health Station funds 'rushed' for 2016 polls

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

But former health secretary Janette Garin denies the allegation, saying the government has continuously funded the nationwide Barangay Health Stations project

Hearing on BHS Anomaly Senate Hearing July 4 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators condemn killing of Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senators call on the Philippine National Police to solve the killing, which opposition senators say is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

KILLED. Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot in broad daylight in front of the city hall. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Sotto visits De Lima in jail

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) Opposition Senator Leila de Lima says she is grateful to Senate President Vicente Sotto III's for visiting her and hearing her out

Photo from the Office of the Senate President

Senators oppose final SC decision on Sereno ouster

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Senators are torn on whether the Senate can still adopt the resolution expressing its sentiment against the quo warranto petition

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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Sotto says Inquirer will remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'They will [take it down]... because it's fake news. It's [the] original fake news,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

RAPE POSTS. Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Inquirer has agreed to take down articles implicating him in a controversial rape slay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ISIS operatives, Tito Sotto, World Cup 2018 | Midday wRap

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Sotto asks Inquirer to remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

Jun 16, 2018 - 2:44 PM

(UPDATED) The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces Sotto's request, saying it is a 'brazen attempt to suppress freedom of the press and of expression'

Sotto backs Duterte, says killings of priests 'just a coincidence'

Jun 14, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'Baka nagkataon lang 'yan. 100 million ang Pilipino, ilan ang pari sa buong Pilipinas?' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

SENATE PRESIDENT. Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto on Independence Day 2018: PH should focus on 'independence from drugs'

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Some are worried about China, about the economy, when the real enemy is drug dependency. There is one or at least affected by one in every Filipino family,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Kapihan sa Senado with Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III at the Gloria Maris Restaurant in CCP Complex, Pasay City, May 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIST: Tito Sotto's accomplishments, bills signed into law

May 24, 2018 - 12:08 PM

New Senate President Vicente Sotto III is the most senior member of the chamber yet criticisms against him abound. What has he done in his two decades in the Senate?

Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Iskul Bukol': Netizens slam Sotto over 'Bayang Magiliw' gaffe

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III refers to the Philippine national anthem as 'Bayang Magiliw,' instead of its actual title, 'Lupang Hinirang'

Sotto vows to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionist senators in 2019

May 23, 2018 - 7:49 AM

'I’m not running in 2019. My term ends in 2022. I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

2019 CAMPAIGN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III vows to campaign 'vigourously' for the 7 reelectionist senators.

Sotto says NPC eyeing Ted Failon as 2019 senatorial candidate

May 22, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler the Nationalist People's Coalition has decided to support a coalition of candidates, which they will finalize soon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Pillars of Criminal Justice System Major Award for Anti-Corruption Campaign to Broadcaster Ted Failon for his program 'Failon Ngayon' during the 19th founding anniversary of VACC at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Also in the photo is VACC Chair Dante Jimenez. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rappler Talk: The goals and challenges of the Senate under Tito Sotto

May 22, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Rappler talks to Senate President Vicente Sotto III about his plans for the Senate, his stand on critical issues, the longest noontime show Eat Bulaga, and how he handles criticisms

Sotto says Senate 'cannot intervene' in SC decision on Sereno ouster

May 22, 2018 - 5:31 PM

We should not interfere with [the] judiciary. I believe that because I don't want the judiciary to interfere with us,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate under Sotto to have 'cordial' working relationship with Duterte

May 22, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'If the administration is pushing something for our countrymen, we will support it. If we feel it is not, then it is not…I think we can work with each other,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells Rappler

SENATE PRESIDENT. Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate asks Duterte to certify proposed BBL as urgent to meet June 2 deadline

May 22, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The Senate seeks to pass the bill on final reading before Congress adjourns sine die on June 2, in time for President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address

DUTERTE ADVISER. President Rodrigo Duterte greets one of the attendees during the turnover ceremony of the proposed BBL in Malacañang on July 17 2017. Also in the photo are (partly hidden) TESDA Director Guiling Mamondiong and President Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Abdullah Mamao. Malacañang file photo

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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Netizens hit Sotto's past blunders as he takes over Senate

May 21, 2018 - 8:55 PM

After Vicente Sotto III's election as Senate president, some Filipinos remind the public about the controversies he got involved in before. But others say Sotto, as the most senior member of the Senate, deserves the post.

No more 'Eat Bulaga!' for Senate President Tito Sotto for now

May 21, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate

Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel resigns as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Aquilino Pimentel III nominates Vicente Sotto III as his successor, saying, 'This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate'

koko pimentel press con may 21. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: I won’t allow Senate to be 'trampled' on

May 18, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) Senators expect Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III to provide the kind of protective leadership that Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III failed to show when his party mate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, attacked the Senate

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT? Senate Majoriry Leader Vicente Sotto III is reportedly poised to become the next Senate president. File photo from Senate PRIB

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate President Tito Sotto? Likely this year, says Lacson

May 03, 2018 - 2:05 PM

This change in Senate leadership could happen within the year, possibly in July or in October, when Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III files his certificate of candidacy for reelection

Senate President Sotto? 'I'm open to it'

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:04 PM

When asked if Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III will step down once he files his certificate of candidacy for the 2019 elections, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says there have been discussions 'to that effect'

SENATE PRESIDENT. Majority leader Vicente Sotto III said he was open to possible assuming the leadership role at the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto to Boracay businesses: 'Konting tiis lang'

Apr 26, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Senators weigh in on the closure of Boracay island, with some questioning the absence of a 'clear' plan on how the government will rehabilitate the island

CLOSED. Senator Vicente Sotto III said Boracay's closure is a lesson for tourists and government agencies of the need to take care of the environment.

‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Debunking Sotto's election fraud claims

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Electoral fraud is about increasing or decreasing the votes received by a candidate such that a losing candidate is made to appear the winner. Senator Sotto has failed to show proofs such happened.

Sotto’s 2016 poll fraud claim affects Duterte down to councilors – Robredo

Mar 09, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says questioning the integrity of the 2016 elections also means questioning the victory of all winning candidates

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo visits San Felipe, Zambales on March 1, 2018. Photo by OVP

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Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Mar 07, 2018 - 12:22 PM

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From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs? Not necessarily, says I.T. expert

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:10 AM

But the Comelec and Smartmatic should still explain the concerns in Senator Vicente Sotto III's privilege speech, says PPCRV IT director William Yu

Sotto seeks Senate probe into alleged poll fraud in 2016

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, citing his source, alleges that there was early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate now in 'preparation mode' for Sereno impeachment trial

Feb 27, 2018 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the chamber might convene as an impeachment court by May but the trial might start end July

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate panel junks ethics complaints vs De Lima, Lacson, Trillanes

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(4TH UPDATE) The Senate ethics committee cites lack of jurisdiction in dismissing the 3 ethics complaints filed against Senator Leila de Lima

DETAINED SENATOR. The Senate committee on ethics has junked the ethics complaints against Senator Leila de Lima. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto to Duque: DOH, not PAO, should take lead in Dengvaxia probe

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Is PAO now a medical group?...Set your foot down and make the DOH the lead in this investigation, especially in scientific investigations,' Senator Vicente Sotto III tells Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOUBTING PAO. Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the PAO is not qualified to conduct forensic examinations on the Dengvaxia deaths. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Sotto files cyber-libel complaint vs Cocoy Dayao over #SilentNoMore blog

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:22 AM

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III files the case before the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Sotto eyes cyber-libel charges vs Cocoy Dayao

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:25 PM

What if there's a public apology? 'Walang mangyayari doon. Pasuntok na lang siya sa 'kin kung gusto niya,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

SENATE VS DEATH PENALTY? Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III says the death penalty would not be approved in the Senate by June or before the first regular session of the 17th Congress adjourns. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health