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Angel Locsin to Tito Sotto: I hope we don’t get tagged as terrorists for voicing opinions

Jun 07, 2020 - 12:10 PM

The actress is tagged as 'proNPA' – which Senate President Tito Sotto subsequently 'liked'

PANDEMIC WORK. The actress, pictured here (2nd from right) outside the San Lazaro Hospital in early April, had been raising funds to donate tents to hospitals and security frontliners. Photo from Angel Locsin's Instagram

'Palusot ang IRR': Sotto urges DOH to fast-track compensation of health workers

Jun 03, 2020 - 6:31 PM

'While I understand that this pandemic is an unprecendented crisis, let it not be a reason for your failure to do what is expected of you as a secretary of health and the chairperson of the IATF,' Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III

CORONAVIRUS. Healthcare workers cheer as they send off a COVID-19 survivor on May 28, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sotto to critics: Only terrorists, supporters afraid of anti-terror bill

Jun 02, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros and Senator Francis Pangilinan, the two senators who voted against the measure at the Senate, question the urgency in passing the anti-terrorism bill

'READ THE BILL.' Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks critics to 'read the anti-terror bill' first. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

'Sarap ng buhay' no more? Sotto orders Bato to attend June 1 session physically

May 27, 2020 - 6:27 PM

After getting slammed on social media over an insensitive remark, neophyte Senator Bato dela Rosa is asked to return to work in the Senate building

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto trends after he abstains from voting on ABS-CBN reso

May 11, 2020 - 9:57 PM

Resolution No. 395, which asks the NTC to reconsider its cease and desist order against the network, only 'expresses' the sense of the Senate. It does not have the effect of a law.

Senate to convene for session on May 4

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:03 PM

A resolution that will tackle the legislative work in the Senate during the lockdown is being prepared

SESSION. Senate President Vicente Sotto III (2nd from left) chats with colleagues before the resumption of the special session Monday, March 23, 2020. Photo from Senate PRIB

Sotto asks LGUs to shoulder cash aid for families not on emergency subsidy list

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:40 PM

'Abonohan mo muna, makakasingil ka naman sa gobyerno,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III, who also wants a probe into the national ID system often blamed for the slow disbursement of cash aid to low-income families

CASH AID. National Task Force on Covid-19 chief implementor Carlito Galvez Jr., leads the first distribution of P 8,000 under the government's social amelioration program to residents of Barangay Vitales, Paranaque City on April 3, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Tito Sotto 'defends' Vico: 'Violation of Bayanihan law can't be retroactive'

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:58 PM

'We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this doesn’t help,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is being summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation. Rappler screenshot

Congress tapping P200 billion GOCC funds to deal with pandemic

Mar 22, 2020 - 12:32 AM

The bill includes a provision giving food and cash aid to those affected by the Luzon lockdown

OUTBREAK. Police officers at the Cavitex Toll Plaza on March 16, 2020, check on public transportations making sure that they are following the social distancing policy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lawmakers, Malacañang to discuss allowing Duterte 'flexibility' to deal with pandemic

Mar 20, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Key Senate and House leaders will meet on Saturday, March 21, with senior Cabinet officials on 'how to empower the government' during this crisis, says Senate President Tito Sotto

OUTBREAK. Shoppers wear surgical mask in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where the prayer room of the patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Sotto asks Duterte to call for special session to approve coronavirus fund

Mar 19, 2020 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III also proposes a food subsidy budget, while Senator Panfilo Lacson pushes for an allowance for senior citizens during the Luzon lockdown

SPECIAL SESSION. Senators call for a special session to tackle coronavirus supplemental funds. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Hindi lang sunud-sunuran sa Presidente': Sotto schools newbie senators

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III advises Senator Ronald dela Rosa and others to participate in plenary discussions so they can convince their colleagues to take their side on issues

COUP? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says he has no problems if newbie senators want a change in leadership. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Higher satisfaction ratings for Robredo, Sotto, Cayetano in last quarter of 2019

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo gets a 'good' net satisfaction rating, while Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano obtain 'very good' scores, according to a Social Weather Stations poll

GOOD, VERY GOOD RATINGS. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III in his office on September 25, 2018. File photo by OVP

Experts say Sotto’s cloud seeding proposal vs ashfall needs further study

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:38 AM

Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum says among the things to be considered are the volume of rain to be produced, where the rain would fall, and the threat of lahar

COVERED IN ASH. A general view of houses with roofs covered in ash, spewed by Taal volcano in Tagaytay City on January 14, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Sotto attempt to remove fund for contraceptives is reproductive coercion

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:49 PM

In November 2019, Sotto proposed to remove the P225 million budget specifically allocated to buy 300,000 contraceptive implants

Sotto on SEA Games 2019 fiasco: PH 'too hospitable'

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'In the SEA/Asian games I've participated in, we were left by the host country to fend for ourselves. If possible, they even make us uncomfortable to make sure we lose to them,' says the Senate President, a former member of the national bowling team

SEA GAMES. Senate President Tito Sotto III says Philippines is "too hospitable" as a host country of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Robredo's acceptance of anti-drug czar post a 'very good move' – Sotto

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the anti-drug campaign of the administration. OVP photo

Senators won't adopt House version of P4.1-T budget for 2020

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:56 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson floats the idea to stop congressmen from introducing further amendments during the bicameral conference committee

NOT ADOPTING. Senators held a caucus to discuss proposal whether the chamber will adopt the House version of the 2020 budget. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Despite SC ruling, Sotto insists on jailing suspects in drug cases under review

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges the Department of Justice to change its policy, but the Supreme Court already put its foot down on this issue in 2017

SP Sotto defends probe on alleged ‘ninja cops’: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III (second from right), clears the air on the Justice and Blue Ribbon Committees’ probe being political in nature saying that the ongoing investigation merely led them to the “ninja cops” controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Zip it,' Sotto tells Malacañang officials questioning 'ninja cops' probe

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III makes the statement after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed that the Senate investigation has become 'politicized'

ZIP IT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells critics of the Senate blue ribbon hearings to 'zip it'. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: Drug-free PH 'almost impossible,' aim to be 'drug resistant' instead

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:49 PM

'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'DRUG-RESISTANT'. Senator Vicente Sotto III says the Philippines should work on a drug-resistant environment. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, elected as top House leader in July, gets better approval and trust ratings than the Vice President in September

TRUSTED. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the House session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sotto: At least 15 senators oppose SOGIE equality bill

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says more than half of senators are against the SOGIE equality bill, but Senator Risa Hontiveros believes the measure has a 'strong fighting chance'

ANTI-SOGIE. A group of Christians from different sectors in the metropolis holds a protest rally in front of the senate building denouncing the passage of SOGIE bill on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: 'If you are a man, you will never be a woman'

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III maintains that the SOGIE equality bill, in its current form, is not likely to get enough support in the Senate

OPPOSING? Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE Equality bill may face opposition in the upper chamber. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto says SOGIE bill has 'no chance' of passing Senate

Aug 21, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill stands no chance if 'it transgresses on academic freedom, religious freedom, and women’s rights'

ALREADY DEAD? Senate President Tito Sotto III says the SOGIE equality bill may stand no chance in the upper chamber this Congress. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To solve EDSA traffic, Sotto says ban parking along Metro Manila streets

Aug 13, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian says his 'Proof of Parking' bill, if passed, will help stop the practice of car owners of using streets as parking lots

EDSA. Heavy traffic is seen along EDSA on July 13, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nancy Binay to PNP: Why waste time closing lotto outlets?

Jul 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'Instead of wasting their time in closing down lotto outlets, bakit 'di nila pagdiskitahan habulin at hulihin ang mga nasa wanted list nila, o 'yung mga insidente ng patayan sa Negros?' says Senator Nancy Binay

Cops started shutting down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City today following the order of Pres. Duterte last night. (Makati police photos)

Human Rights Watch slams Sotto's fake news bill

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:33 PM

The punishable acts will still be liable under the current Cybercrime Law, but the meat of the measure are the added powers of the Department of Justice

FAKE NEWS BILL. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III files Senate Bill No. 9 or the Anti-False Content Bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dip in June – SWS

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The net satisfaction rating of Senate President Vicente Sotto III stays 'very good,' while Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin's rating remains 'moderate'

DIPPING NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd from L) and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) both see declines in their respective satisfaction ratings in mid-2019. File photo from OVP

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

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

Rappler screenshot

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