MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the 18th Congress adjourned sine die yesterday, with the leadership expressing satisfaction with the chamber’s accomplishments, particularly on legislation that helped the country survive the pandemic, and outgoing senators giving advice to neophyte lawmakers.
Senate President Vicen-te Sotto III bid goodbye to his colleagues after being in the chamber since 1992, and thanked God for helping him discharge his duties that allowed him to chalk up legislative accomplishments “not only to my grandkids but to the younger generations, proud and guilt-free that I have not abused my position to enrich myself or any member of my family. I have kept my credibility intact and my name, unsullied.”
“Throughout the critical days of graded lockdown, your Senate was able to enact the annual budget on time,” Sotto said. “We are hopeful that the Senate’s work will, in time, contribute to regaining the nation’s spiritual vigor, political durability and economic stability.”
“When the time comes that my humble name will have to be ensconced and chiseled into the annals of the Senate’s history, I want to be remembered best as Vicente C. Sotto III, a musician by profession, a sportsman by affiliation, a drug-bu