Gatchalian says Senate better off with ‘consensus builder’ like Sotto

Published May 26, 2019, 6:32 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Sunday said the Senate is better off having a “consensus builder” as a leader so they can pass more measures in no time.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen.  Sherwin Gatchalian
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

Gatchalian broached this idea when asked if Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s leadership is already secured in the 18th Congress.

“I think it would be the best interest of the majority and also the administration if Senator Sotto continue as the Senate president. Because he knows what to do and we can finish many reforms if he would continue to be our leader,” Gatchalian said in an interview over Radio DZBB.

“It would be best that we continue to support Senate President Sotto so we can pass more bills in the three remaining years of the administration,” he stressed.

“We consider him as a consensus builder — he listens to everyone, that’s why we were able to finish many measures,” he pointed out.

Gatchalian, a partymate of the Senate leader at the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), likewise, urged the incoming senators in the 18th Congress to support Sotto’s leadership.

He also said committee chairmanships should not be a consideration just to support the Senate leadership.

“That’s supposed to be give and take. In my case, I wanted to handle the education committee, but because we wanted to strengthen the group, I agreed to handle another panel,” he said.

“What is important is you are still a senator… it’s more important that you are active in the debates and issues discussed in the plenary,” Gatchalian said.