Senate majority leader to file petition to open probe on Comelec chair Andres Bautista

UNTV News   •   August 8, 2017   •   8998


Senate Majority Leader Tito Sotto will file a resolution that seeks to investigate  Comelec chief Andres Bautista.

Bautista might face plunder charges following the revelation of his wife about his alleged ill-gotten wealth worth one billion pesos.

But the probe, Sotto said, will not only focus on Bautista’s alleged ill-gotten wealth, but also over the integrity of the 2016 polls.

“Sa mga impormasyon na lumabas (With all the information surfacing,) it really casts a cloud of doubt in the 2016 elections. Marami na nga tayong nadidinig kung anu-ano tungkol dun tapos biglang may ganito (We’ve already been hearing a lot things about it [2016 elections] then suddenly this happens). The best option is for us to have an inquiry,” Sen. Sotto said.

Sotto said the Blue Ribbon Committee and Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation will lead the investigation on the Comelec chairman.

Meanwhile, for Senator Grace Poe, what happened between Bautista and his wife Patricia should not be treated as a marital problem.

“Although they say it’s just a marital problem, it’s also an issue of alleged corruption,” Sen. Poe said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News and Rescue


Lacson-Sotto tandem to endorse 15 senatorial bets in 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto III has bared the list of senatorial candidates they will be endorsing in the 2022 national and local elections.

The list includes the following senatorial bets:

  1. Antique Rep. Loren Legarda
  2. Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero
  3. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  4. Senator Migs Zubiri
  5. Senator Joel Villanueva
  6. Senator Richard Gordon
  7. Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
  8. Former DICT Secretary Gringo Honasan
  9. Former Senator JV Ejercito
  10. Former QC Mayor Herbert Bautista
  11. Former DA Secretary Manny Piñol
  12. Monsour del Rosario
  13. Powee Capino
  14. Minguita Padilla

Sotto said the senatorial candidates included in their list are the ones who “deserve to be in the Senate.”

They will also endorse a “surprise candidate.”

“Tulungan niyo po kami sa pagtaguyod sa kandidatura ng ating mga kaibigan. Nakakasiguro po kami na malaki ang maitutulong ng ating mga kandidato sa ating bansa, sa ating mga kababayan, at sa Senado,” Sotto said.

Lacson and Sotto are seeking the presidency and vice presidency, respectively, in the next year’s polls.

Sotto says Pulse Asia poll will serve as ‘confidence booster’ for VP bid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—After leading the survey on preferred vice presidential bets, Senator Tito Sotto III said he will use it as “confidence booster” for the upcoming elections.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Sotto as top choice for vice president with 25%, while President Rodrigo Duterte landed in second place with 14%.

“With utmost humility, I thank God and our kababayans for the trust and confidence that many are placing on me and my dream of further serving the Filipino Family beyond the halls of the Senate,” Sotto said in a statement.

“I will use this confidence booster to work harder as the top official of the Senate, as I present myself to our people as a worthy and reliable candidate for VP,” he added

Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Sotto’s running mate, landed in third place among top choices for president. In a statement, he congratulated Sotto for landing the top spot.

“We’re doing alright. We have our own tracking. We are not even thinking of recalibrating our strategy,” he said,

“It goes without saying that I am not questioning the results of the Pulse Asia survey even as I congratulate SP Sotto, my running mate, for topping the latest vice-presidential survey,” he added.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio remains the top choice for president. AAC


Poe calls Bayanihan 3 an ’empty promise’ without appropriate funds

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Grace Poe expressed concern that the proposed Bayanihan 3 may end up as an empty promise if lacks appropriate funds.

Poe previously asked where will Bayanihan 3 get its funding after House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco filed it to continue the government’s response amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Senator agrees with any initiative that will help the people reeling from this pandemic, however, she stressed there is a need to determine how the Bayanihan 3 will get its funds.

“How are we going to source it, where are we going to spend it? We have to know the real score so that we will not make empty promises to the people,” she said.

She added that passing new taxes to fund the measure may not be feasible, citing the backlash from the recent hearings on the Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Centers (PMVICs).

Poe said, the public should also know how the Bayanihan 2 funds are being used.

“Let us consider that Bayanihan 2 was extended, therefore, we still need to get a proper accounting of what was spent in Bayanihan 2—if there are any savings or deficit,” she said. AAC


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