Senator Vicente Sotto III will not be about to again down from the ethics case filed in opposition to him Wednesday (May 10) by mixed forces of girls’s and militant teams stemming from his controversial “joke” throughout the affirmation listening to of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Judy Taguiwalo.
Sotto instructed reporters that he’ll take a depart of absence from being chair of the Senate ethics and privileges committee, the panel that can deal with the criticism in opposition to him.
“Syempre ako ang ethics chairman pagkatapos there is complaint against me, it’s only but proper for me na mag leave muna ako, out of delicadeza, I definitely have that,” he mentioned to reporters moments after the five-page criticism was filed to the mentioned committee.
The senator, nonetheless, maintained that whereas his “na ano lang” joke was not directed at Taguiwalo or anybody specifically.
“Read the journal of the CA. Tingnan nyo kung meron akong pinoint na tao at kung meron ako sinasabi na parang kanino yun. Sinasabi ko, kumbaga sa ano, quote, I quoted a street language. Again, as I said it’s a welcome thing,” he instructed reporters.
He welcomed the submitting of the case saying that it may maybe be a blessing in disguise as he’ll now have the ability to extricate himself from dealing and deciding on the ethics case filed in opposition to Sen. Leila de Lima.
“We live in democracy, we have a freedom of speech, we have a freedom of expression, we have freedom of the press, we have freedom to waste our time. So it’s a welcome thing. As a matter of fact it might be another blessing in disguise because then automatically I will inhibit myself and then I will take leave from the committee on ethics and that will solve my dilemma with Sen. (Leila) De Lima (in deciding on her ethics case) because Sen. Lacson will take over. So maganda yun,” he mentioned.
The criticism was filed by representatives of the next teams: Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Asia Pacific (CATW-AP), World March of Women-Pilipinas (WMW), Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK), Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights, Partido Manggagawa, LadyHealth Philippines and Sentro ng Manggagawa ng Pilipinas (Sentro).