- In May 21, 2018, Sen. Vicente Sotto seated as the Senate President of the Philippines
- However, it was not an easy ride for him when he took that role
- He was involved in many issues but still was able to file Senate bills
Back in May 21, 2018, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III was appointed as the 29th Senate President of the Philippines.
KAMI has learned that Sotto has been serving in the government as a senator for two decades now. He started out his career in show business as part of the iconic trio ‘Tito, Vic & Joey’.
Sotto has also faced many criticisms even before but it did not stop him from serving as the Senate President.
The question is, how is Sotto doing so far as the Senate President? KAMI has listed the top 5 remarks Sotto has made such as controversies he was involved with and bills he has filed.
Plagiarism & ‘Bayang Magiliw’
In an interview with Rappler, Sotto explained himself regarding the issue that he allegedly committed plagiarism for saying a quote of Senator Rober F. Kennedy. However, as he was explaining, he mentioned ‘Bayang Magiliw’ instead of ‘Lupang Hinirang’ as the Philippine national anthem.
“If you think that's plagiarism, then you must think that 'Bayang Magiliw' is plagiarized because it was originally in Spanish, and somebody changed it into English,” he explained.
Many netizens were not happy that the Senate President was not able to mention the right name for the national anthem despite his role in the government.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, Sotto has filed the Senate Bill No. 1906 a.k.a Corporate Income Tax & Incentives Reform Act which seeks to lower corporate income tax from 30% to 20% as well as to modernize incentives.
This TRAIN 2 also aims to promote ‘tax incentive system’ which is performance-based and time-bound. It also added that this just rationalizes the tax system.
In a previous report by KAMI, Sotto said he would revise the TRAIN 2 so that taxes on books any other publications will be abolished.
During a Senate session wherein they discussed regarding Senate Bill 1326 or Safe Spaces Act, Sotto asked the bill’s sponsor, Senator Risa Hontiveros about copping a feel or ‘hipo’.
“For example, 'yung sinabi ko na binibiro lang, hinipuan na ganun, will they be liable? You [Hontiveros]said yes, the answer I think is no,” Sotto asked.
“Ang babaeng hinipuan ng lalake, hindi po namin yun tinatanaw na biro because that truly makes women feel unsafe," Hontiveros answered.
KAMI reported before that the netizens were not pleased by Sotto's remark. However, he has made it clear that he was just asking Hontiveros.
Lyrics of ‘Lupang Hinirang’
Many netizens reacted when Sotto proposed new lyrics for the Philippine national anthem. He said he liked to change the last line of Lupang Hinirang.
From: “Ang mamatay ng dahil sa 'yo"
To: “Ang ipaglaban ang kalayaan mo"
KAMI has reported before that the Palace has spoken regarding this issue. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, they have more important issues to focus on, therefore, they will leave the matter to the Congress.
Age of Criminal Responsibility
As reported by KAMI before, Sotto has filed Senate Bill 2026 which seeks to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 to 13 years old. He insisted that he wants to end the syndicates for exploiting minors by involving them in criminal activities.
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