The celebrity-turned-politician got the approval of 16 colleagues to take over from Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III as the second Senate President of the 17th Congress on Monday, May 21. The latter nominated Sotto, the most senior senator, to be his successor shortly after he stepped down.
"To my colleagues and to the Filipino people, I am committed to do my very best and, with your help, I am confident that I have in my background the template of nine other Senate presidents that I have served," he was quoted by Rappler during his acceptance speech. "Ni sa panaginip ay hindi sumagi sa aking isipan na ako ay maluluklok bilang pangulo ng Senado."
But despite confirmation from the part-time TV host that he will leave Eat Bulaga "for now" (not that it matters), netizens seem to be sharing Sotto's disbelief in being elected as the country's third most powerful goverment official, behind the President and the Vice President. We're talking about the same man who once took pride in plagiarism, resorted to victim-blaming, and made light of bullying.
FHM let the news simmer overnight and woke up to a smorgasbord of memes.
That ghost will haunt them forever
God help us
Wake us up from this almost two-year-long bangungot
Ariana Grande isn't amused
He makes Alma Moreno look like a saint
Tito Sotto or Chancellor Palpatine?
We'll do you one better: Why is Sotto?
Time to bust out the animated text
Social media was shookt
No need for that perfect transaction record