A very tired and stressed out Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III wants to give up his Senate committee post next year.
Days after a confrontation with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano in plenary session, Sotto disclosed his plans to turn down reelection for officers in the next 16th Congress.
"I am still contemplating about it. But if you're looking for a percentage, I am already 80 against 20 towards resignation by July," Sotto said.
Sotto, who chairs Senate Committee on Rules, expressed intention to turn down future nomination to head the same committee, who also serves as majority leader by tradition.
Sotto complained of having to master "the art of compromise" to please every senator in facilitating deliberations on controversial measures.
He also expressed frustration over being at the receiving end of blame in times of delay on the passage of high-profile bills.
Sotto, who expressed opposition against Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood bill, has been blamed of trying to delay public deliberation and amendments to the measure.
“I'm already tired. It's hard. You have to always be conscientious... If you deal with difficult people, you will end up being blamed," Sotto said.
"I cannot do what I want. If I'm against a proposed law, I still have to deal with them. I still have to call it even if I don't want to," he added.
On Monday, Cayetano accused Sotto of trying to delay RH deliberations while the passage of the Cybercrime Prevention Act was railroaded.
Saying he wants to be a regular senator, Sotto explained the fulfillment of serving as Majority Leader is not worth the stress.
“I want to be a regular senator, who does not need please everybody. You only need to please those who voted for you," he noted.
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