Sotto rebuts ‘Bato’

SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III yesterday said neophyte Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa should realize that “being a senator is different from being just a follower of the administration.”

Dela Rosa on Monday lamented that they are now the Senate minority after the chamber adopted a resolution seeking the Supreme Court’s ruling on whether or not Senate concurrence is needed in treaty withdrawal.

Dela Rosa was among the seven senators belonging to the majority bloc who abstained from voting.

But Sotto belied Dela Rosa’s claim.

“That’s his perspective pero hindi pwedeng maging totoo ‘yun. Paano kang naging minority o feeling minority kung lahat ng mga major committees hawak mo? No such thing,” Sotto said.

“Hindi pwedeng all the time dahil porke majority ka, o member ka ng majority, pwedeng all the time e lahat ng gusto mo at lahat ng bobotohan mo ay mananalo. Hindi ganun,” he added.

Sotto stressed that the Philippine Senate is open to free debate.

“You debate on your position, kumbinsihin mo ‘yung mga kasama mo tungkol sa postion mo. Hindi pepwedeng bulung-bulongan lang tayo, pakatapos boboto tayo at ‘pag hindi nagwagi ang boboto natin ay sumasama ang loob natin,” he said.

“It can’t be a Senate of the administration,” Sotto added saying the majority could not always vote against a measure simply based on their political alliance.

“’Pag ganun ang thinking, lahat ng bills na hindi member ng majority ay hindi dapat manalo? Lahat ng resolution na hindi member ng majority hindi dapat manalo? Hindi naman dapat thinking yun,” he stressed.

“Later on, he will realize that being a senator is different from being just a follower of the administration,” he said.