Sotto complains of ‘headache’

Vicente Sotto III

SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has identified four committees that are giving them a “headache” due to the dilemma on who to appoint as chairmen of these committees.

Sotto named the four panels  as the: committee on education, committee on justice, the blue ribbon committee, and the committee on public services.

The education committee is currently being headed by outgoing Senator Francis Escudero, who was elected governor of Sorsogon, while the committee on public services is chaired by Senator Grace Poe, who won another six-year term last May.

Senator Richard Gordon, meanwhile, currently heads the blue ribbon and justice panels.

Sotto earlier said that three senators — Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, and Pia Cayetano — are interested in getting the chairmanship of the education panel.

“If they can’t agree to a consensus, and they can’t agree and they can’t muster what we have tried to muster before, although unsuccessfully, and that is the art of compromise, I will toss it the body,” Sotto warned.

The senate leader however did not say who are the senators vying for the committee on justice and blue ribbon— considered as some of the more powerful committees in the Senate because of its investigation powers on almost all sorts of anomalies.

“The majority of the members will have to elect who they think should be the chair of those committees” Sotto added.