Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III expects the bill declaring September 11 a holiday in Ilocos Norte in honor of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to breeze through the Senate.
Sotto on Thursday (September 3) said the bill is unlikely to be opposed by senators since it is local in scope.
“A bill of local application when it comes to the Senate, usually is not really debated upon. It is a bill of local application, it is for Ilocos Norte, I doubt if there will be objections to that,” he said in an interview over CNN Philippines’ “The Source.”
“If it is nationwide, baka magkakaroon ng objection yan, medyo mahihirapan ‘yan. For us, it is not a matter of whether we are going to support it or not. Usually, bills of local application breeze through the Senate unless one or two objects,” Sotto added.
The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading Wednesday (September 2) House Bill No. 7137 declaring September 11 as “President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Day” in Ilocos Norte. The measure will be transmitted to the Senate for deliberation.
Asked if he would object to the bill’s passage, Sotto replied in the negative.
“It is a bill of local application, it is in Ilocos Norte, as far as Ilocos Norte is concerned, President Marcos was the past president, he has done a lot for Ilocos Norte, so I will not be surprised if Ilocos Norte agrees,” he explained.
Ilocos Norte is the Marcoses’ bailiwick. Its governor is the late dictator’s grandson, Matthew Manotoc.