I feel for Kennedy's daughter, Cayetano says

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2012 08:31 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2012 05:23 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Pia Cayetano on Thursday said she sympathizes with US Senator Robert Kennedy's daughter, who is seeking redress from Senator Tito Sotto.

Sotto is accused of plagiarizing a speech made by the US senator.

"I can understand the pain. Ako man yun, kung may sinabi ako at gagamitin mo for other purpose, sasama din loob ko," said Cayetano said.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Kerry Kennedy said all that Sotto has to do is acknowledge that the words he used were his dad's.

But the more important thing, according to Kerry, is Sotto using her father's words to prevent women from gaining their reproductive health rights.

RH bill fight continues

Cayetano earlier failed to hide her dismay when she was refused by Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile on her request that at least 30 minutes of the Senate's time be used for Enrile's interpellation on the reproductive health (RH) bill before the Senate discusses the sin tax bill.

Last Tuesday, Cayetano asked for a short point of privilege to hear the interpellation of Senators Enrile and Ralph Recto.

The two senators have not made an interpellation on the RH bill.

Cayetano said the bill has been pending for almost 2 years and asked her colleagues to find time to finish the measure.

However, Enrile said he also had a bill that has been pending for 10 years. He said he is still waiting for it to be discussed and never complained.

"I don't think there's anyone who can compel any senator to jam simply because they want him to jam," said Enrile.

At that point, Cayetano asked Enrile when he will be ready, to which, Enrile replied "I do not know madam senator when I'm ready."

"Wednesday, I waited for him and said he was tired, I can understand that, pero paghintayin ako? We are dealing with people who have no intentions of honoring righs of women," said Cayetano.

She vowed to continue pushing for the RH bill.