Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday (May 9) mentioned he’ll instantly resign as chair of the Senate ethics and privileges committee if he could be discovered responsible of uttering offensive remarks towards solo mother and father or ladies typically.
Sotto, nonetheless, mentioned he doesn’t suppose he did one thing improper by “joking” about Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo’s standing as a single dad or mum throughout her affirmation listening to by the Commission on Appointments final week.
The Senate chief made the remark as some ladies’s teams are mulling on submitting an ethics grievance towards him over his controversial remark.
“If that is the complaint that they will file, if I am found guilty I will resign from the committee on ethics. It’s as simple as that. But I’m so confident that, that will not happen, I mean I don’t think I’m guilty of anything,” he mentioned to reporters.
Sotto’s joke instantly went viral and the senator discovered himself on the receiving finish of quite a few bashing on-line, together with from some celebrities who discovered his remark tasteless and insulting to solo mother and father.
The senator occurs to be additionally the present chair of the mentioned committee which handles all issues relating to the conduct, rights, privileges, security, dignity, integrity and popularity of the Senate and its members.
Sotto mentioned he’ll inhibit himself from any investigation that could be launched by the ethics panel towards him.
“And if proven that I have done anybody any wrong, I will resign as chairman of the committee on ethics. It’s as easy as that. I’m so confident that there was no malice, nothing wrong with what went on. Sabi nga nila, let’s move on,” he mentioned.