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Senate releases lists of new committee chairmanships after leadership change

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The Senate on Wednesday started reorganizing key posts following a recent leadership change, with former Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri getting the economic affairs panel.

In the plenary session presided over by new Senate President Francis Escudero, several senators have been elected to lead major committees as follows:

  • Senator Juan Edgardo Angara – Committee on Justice and Human Rights
  • Senator Nancy Binay – Committee on Sustainable Goals
  • Senator Pia Cayetano – Committee on Energy
  • Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito – Committee on Local Government
  • Senator Lito Lapid – Committee on Tourism
  • Senator Imee Marcos – Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
  • Senate Majority Leader Francis Tolentino – Committee on Ethics and Privileges
  • Senator Raffy Tulfo – Committee on Public Services
  • Senator Joel Villanueva – Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development
  • Senator Mark Villar – Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who has been selected as chair of the Committee on Accounts, will also lead the Committee on Trade and Industry, and the Committee on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada has been chosen Senate Pro Tempore and Tolentino as majority floor leader last Monday.

“Everyone should have a committee and former Senate President Zubiri expressed to me their desire to have committees and to work. I wholly agree because we really need help,” Escudero.

“There are over 45 committees if I’m not mistaken, and we are just 24,” the Senate chief said in a press conference held earlier.

Escudero said further announcements will be made in the coming days as the Senate continues its organizational processes.

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