Sotto’s 14th month pay proposal for workers

Sen. Vicente Sotto

Sen. Vicente Sotto

I don’t think anybody in his right mind will go against Sen. Vicente Sotto’s proposal to grant the rank-and-file employees, both from the private and public sectors, a 14th month pay on top of the 13th month pay, which is more known as Christmas bonus, that the workers are already enjoying.

Indeed, this is a very laudable proposal considering, as Sotto explained, that the recent P10.00 increase in the minimum wage was “too small.” He further elaborated that the 13th month pay is gobbled up by Christmas expenses and so there must be a need for extra earnings in the middle of the year to help in school and medical expenses.

No argument on that, but then again if Sotto is in his right mind, meaning rational and realistic and not pretending to be shrewd as he is wont to do, he should be asking himself if such a move across the board will not be ‘killing the goose that lays the golden egg?’

Sure, big, stable multi-national and local companies that employ over 500 workers can afford it. Banks are doing it, for that matter.

But how about the small and medium sized enterprises that are just starting and groping? Is Sotto saying that they too, will have to participate in this new scheme of more bonus giving? Is it not fair enough that such SMEs were established to provide work for people and yet Sotto now wants them to bleed more than they should?

“Health and education needs of the ordinary Filipino must be assisted by our government. This will make the maxim attributed to President Ramon Magsaysay become a reality: Those who have less in life should have more in law,” the senator added.

This is what I am saying about Sotto pretending to be clever and intelligent when what he is good at is blurting out idiotic remarks and illogical decisions.

Could somebody please tell Sotto that the law referred to in Magsaysay’s maxim is more related to equal access, meaning that those who have less in life should have as much access to the law’s protection as those who have more and, therefore, nothing to do with pay differentials. It is a known fact that the poor folks who do not have the wherewithal and resources to initiate or sustain litigation in the courts of law are often times defeated no matter how strong the evidence is to favor their side.

Sotto now seems to be acting as President Duterte’s factotum, but how I wish Duterte would confront Sotto and ask the latter why he reduced by P1.3 billion the funding for the implementation of the Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenting Law during the Aquino administration, but is now supporting Duterte’s full implementation of the same?

Once a clown, always a clown!



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