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‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

‘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

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

LOOK: PH lawmakers' 'very cordial' meeting with Malaysian PM Mahathir

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:10 PM

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says Filipino legislators sought Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's advice on economic affairs

COURTESY CALL. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III pose for a picture with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. All photos courtesy of Arroyo's office

Sotto hits critics: Lowering minimum age of criminal liability is 'pro-poor'

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Heated debates are expected as the proposal reaches Senate plenary

Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang thumbs down Sotto’s reenacted budget proposal

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:01 PM

A reenacted budget would hurt the economy and delay the government's major infrastructure projects, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

SALVADOR PANELO. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo during a press conference on December 3, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

'Sick and tired' of pork claims, Sotto pushes reenacted budget for whole 2019

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that will erase all doubts and allegations of pork and other so-called insertions in the budget,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III of his proposal to withdraw the Senate version of the budget

Senate President Tito Sotto (left) and House Speaker Gloria M. Arroyo reads results of voting in favor for the extension of martial law in Mindanao during the joint congress session on December 12, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto: Senate to prioritize bill lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says majority of senators are in favor of it. The age, however, is up for debate.

Senate President Vicente Sotto and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate to begin hearing bills on lowering age of criminal liability

Jan 20, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Senate bills are pushing for a slightly higher minimum age, 12 years old, than the House of Representatives' proposal of 9 years old

Sotto seeks to mediate between Duterte, Catholic Church

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

'Marami na kasi sa mga kababayan natin ang uncomfortable with the situation.... Subukan ko lang, wala namang mawawala,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Facebook bans Trending News Portal, related sites | Evening wRap

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Victor Barreiro Jr.

Robredo, Sotto enjoy majority approval, trust of Filipinos – survey

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) 'In contrast, a big plurality of Filipinos (43%) are critical of the work done by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,' says Pulse Asia, citing the results of its December poll on top officials and institutions

PH LEADERS. Vice President Leni Robredo visited Senate President Tito Sotto after the deliberation of the 2019 budget of the Office of the Vice President on September 25, 2018. Photo from OVP

DICT no more? Sotto hints Honasan may be appointed to another agency

Jan 10, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan's appointment as DICT Secretary faces two legal obstacles

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Political foes behind Batocabe killing – family, lawmakers

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'You know so well we were winning the race. You coward just had to take him out,' says Gertie, the wife of slain Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

Sotto vows probe into Batangas Electric Cooperative funds

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Batangueño consumers launch the Power Watch Movement, seeking a congressional investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative

CONSUMERS’ MANIFESTO. Power Watch Movement convenor Paquito Lirio presents Senate President Vicente Sotto III with a copy of the manifesto asking for a congressional investigation into the mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative on November 29, 2018. Joining the launch of the movement were (from left) professor Benjamin Carandang, ERC Director Sharon Montañer, former congressman Nikki Briones, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Dennis Hernandez, Batangas Forum vice president Mannie Barradas, businessman Francis Laurel, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas Investment Council chairperson Joey Leviste, and Padre Garcia Mayor Michael Rivera. Photo by Tina Ganzon Ozaeta/Rappler

Sotto counters Arroyo: Congressional inquiries needed in any parliament

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:30 PM

'Kahit saang parliament sa mundo, hindi puwedeng pigilan 'yon,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Vicente Sotto III at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sandiganbayan verdict: Imelda Marcos guilty of graft | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Mara Cepeda

Amid joint exploration talks, Sotto says China now 'recognizes West PH Sea is ours'

Nov 09, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'I am privy to dialogue and talks within the executive department and slowly, we are realizing the fact that they do agree that those areas are ours,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate won't turn over 'witness' Jimmy Guban to authorities

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:51 AM

(5th UPDATE) Ex-Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban will remain under the Senate's protective custody pending approval of a request to place him and his family under the DOJ's Witness Protection Program

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. Sen Richard Gordon (right), blue ribbon committee chair, says Jimmy Guban (left) will be under the Senate's protective custody pending approval of a request for admission into the government's Witness Protection Program. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senators divided over Arroyo's push for PH withdrawal from IPU

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:50 PM

'Arroyo’s proposal is despairing, defeatist, and will be seen by the world as a tacit admission that indeed critical lawmakers are being persecuted under the Duterte administration,' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says

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

'Dead on arrival': Senate leaders reject Arroyo's draft charter

Oct 09, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We don't have time to even talk about it,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who stands to benefit from the House proposal

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

Sotto seeks revival of Office of Press Secretary to replace PCOO

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he and other senators have questioned the effectiveness of the PCOO, amid the many controversies it has had to face under the Duterte administration

SENATE HEARING. Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks questions to Secretary Martin Andanar during the deliberations on the PCOO budget on October 3, 2018. Photo from Senate PRIB

Tito Sotto seeks to lower minimum age of criminal liability to 13

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposes detention in youth care facilities for children over the age of 9 who commit serious crimes

Senate President Sen. Vicente Sotto III explains the bill on lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. September 25, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel's wedding ninongs: Duterte, Bong Go, Sotto, Pacquiao

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will marry fiancée Anna Kathryna Yu on October 18, 2018, at the Coconut Palace

Senate detains Customs intel officer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 12, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Jimmy Guban of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service was cited in contempt and then detained at the Senate starting Tuesday, September 11

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban At the senate inquiry on the alleged shipment of shabu worth P6.4 billion. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Upon issue of warrant, Sotto should bring Trillanes to Camp Crame

Sep 11, 2018 - 7:07 PM

'We encourage kung sakaling magkakaroon (ng warrant), si senate president na lang yung maghatid sa Crame. Ganun lang kasimple,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

TRILLANES ARREST. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto to minority senators: Don’t abuse Senate leadership's 'hospitality'

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mahiya naman sila sa akin, 'wag naman nila abusuhin,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells minority senators after the opposition called on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supporters to troop to the Senate

Press con with Sen. Trillanes on Friday morning, September 7. He then proceeded to a room to meet his supporters.   Photo by Angie de Silva

Sotto: Military can’t enter Senate in case of court martial arrest

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:53 PM

Rumors of an impending Trillanes arrest put his supporters on alert Thursday night

NO ENTRY. Senate President Vicente Sotto III. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler