TV program host and Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III disclosed on Thursday the initial list of Senate committees and their respective expected heads.
The list is as follows:
Senate committee on Justice—Incoming Senator Leila de Lima
Senate committee on Labor—Incoming Senator Joel Villanueva
Senate committee on Local Government—Incoming Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
Senate committee on Defense—Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II
Senate committee on Public Works—Incoming Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio
Senate committee on Public Order—Senator-elect Panfilo Lacson
Senate committee on Tourism—Senator Nancy Binay
Senate committee on Education—Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV
Senate committee on Finance—Senator Loren Legarda
Senate committee on Banks—Senator Franklin Drilon
Senate committee on Ways and Means—Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara
Senate committee on Agriculture—Incoming Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
Senate committee on Health—Senator Risa Hontiveros
Senate committee on Public Services—Senator Grace Poe
Senator Sotto said that the Senate committee on Energy is to be given to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero provided that he joins the majority bloc. However, Senator Escudero announced earlier that he will be in the minority bloc.
Earlier, incumbent Senate President Franklin Drilon announced that major political parties agreed to support Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as his successor for the chamber’s leadership.
“I wish to announce that last night major political parties have agreed to have an alliance, principally the LP (Liberal Party) and its allied parties — we have six LP, one Akbayan — with the PDP-Laban, plus the NPC (Nationalist People’s Coalition) and the other allied political groups,” Drilon said.
“Last night, we met and had that agreement that the president of the incoming Senate will be Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. I will be the Senate Senate President Pro Tempore and (Senator Vicente) Tito Sotto will be the Majority Leader,” he said, adding that sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) Senators are backing up Pimentel.