On Monday, May 21, Vicente “Tito” Sotto was elected by his co-senators as the new Senate President, succeeding Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel who stepped down from his post hours before the proclamation. With a total of 15 votes, Sotto will serve as the second Senate President of the 17th Congress.
In an exclusive interview with dzRH’s Isyu, Sotto said that he will only follow the footsteps of former Senate Presidents who came before him. Sotto, who served at least nine Senate Presidents in the past is confident that he will be able to do the duties of a Senate President through the use of his experiences under different leaders of the chamber.
“Ang gagawin ko lang ay sundan ang mga yapak nila”, said Sotto.
Sotto also confirmed that former Senate President Koko Pimentel will replace Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri as the chairman for Committee on Trade since Zubiri will be the new Senate Majority Leader. He also took the appointment as an opportunity for easy approval of proposed bills in the House of Representatives since he and Pantaleon Alvarez are good friends.
On the other hand, Sotto also addressed that his rulings will be based upon the parliamentary procedures and will apply a consensus leadership, thus seeking consults from his co-senates and not just doing the task all by himself.
In the end, Sotto addressed that the sponsored bills of the Malacañang will push through since the Senate and House of Representatives has a common legislative priority. In the next few weeks, the Senate will focus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Mindanao, Universal Health Package that will benefit Filipinos around the country, and the Public Service Act for transportation and traffic difficulties in the country.
The former Eat Bulaga host also slammed his bashers saying, “Hindi ko naman pinapansin ‘yung mga namimintas kasi una, either miserable ang buhay nila or hindi nila ako kilala, hindi nila alam ‘yung background, pinagdaanan ko. Ang alam lang ata nila, Eat Bulaga“. Sotto also said that will take an indefinite leave from the show since he needs to attend on his duties as the new Senate President of the chamber.