June 19, 2018, 11:37 pm
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Sotto to critics: Take me seriously

SENATE President Vicente Sotto III yesterday shrugged off criticisms he should not be considered a serious leader of the Senate because of his being a long-time comedian. 

“As far as public service is concerned, my record will speak for itself,” Sotto defended himself during the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum, adding he has already legislated more than a hundred laws. 

He said he is taking the negative comments as a “compliment” that he has been an effective actor through the years. 

Now that he is Senate President, Sotto said he would limit to special occasions his appearances in the country’s longest-running noontime television show Eat Bulaga, where he is one of the regular hosts, to make sure that the public does not only associate him with showbiz. 

Sotto promised to concentrate on his new job and not be distracted by petty issues. 

“I would like to remain positive especially now that I am Senate President. I will no longer want to pay attention to distractions. I’d rather call them distractions. I’ll focus on my job,” he said.

Sotto was elected last Monday as the new Senate President, replacing Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who will take over the chairmanship of the committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship from Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, who has been named the new Senate Majority Leader.

Pimentel will also chair the ethics committee and another committee which Sotto refused to divulge yet. 

Pimentel will likewise also replace Sen. Manny Pacquiao as a member of the Commission on Appointments, and will head the CA committee on environment. He will also be the over-all chairman of the Joint Oversight Committee on Automated Election System. – JP Lopez
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