Sotto: Senate, House joint voting only applies to “issue of martial law”


(Eagle News) — Senate Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto on Friday backed some of his colleagues pushing for the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote separately in amending the Constitution.

In a Twitter post, Sotto said “voting separately is mentioned in the Constitution three times while voting jointly is only mentioned once, only on the issue of martial law.”

He said “all issues can be discussed jointly but voting is specified in the Constitution.”

“We can garner support if we will vote separately,” he said.

Among Sotto’s colleagues who echoed his statement were Senator Panfilo Lacson, who on Thursday proposed for the Senate to convene into a Constitutional Assembly separate from the House of Representatives, and Senator JV Ejercito.