Manila, Philippines — the Senate has finished assigning the chairs and members of the 37 committees, except for one, and most of President Aquino’s allies are members of the major committees.
Ending roughly a week of horse-trading, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile presided over the session as Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III the majority floor leader announced the election of the chairs of the committees. Only the committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws remains without a head. Such appointments garnered different reactions from the different Senators.
The Charimanships and memberships are as follows:
Senate Committee on Energy – Sen. Sen. Sergio Osmena III
Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies – Sen. Sergio Osmena III
Joint Congressional Power Commission – Sen. Sergio Osemna III
* Osmena’s wife, Bettina, is a scion of the Lopez family, former controller of the Manila Electric Co.
Committee on Finance – Sen. Franklin Drilon
Ways and Means Committee – Sen Ralph Recto
Committee on Agriculture and Food – Sen. Francis Pangilinan
Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Development – Sen. Francis Pangilinan
Senate Blue Ribbon Committee – Sen. Teofisto Guingona
Senate Peace, Unification, and reconciliation committees – Sen. Teofisto Guingona
Committee on Justice and Human Rights – Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero
Committee on National Defense and Security – Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero
Committee on Labor – Sen. President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada
Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs – Sen. Gregorio Honasan
Committee on Agrarian Reform – Sen. Gregorio Honasan
Committee on Public Information and Mass Media -Sen. Gregorio Honasan
Committee on Public Works and Public Services – Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.
Committee on Games and Amusement – Sen. Lito Lapid
Committee on Tourism – Sen. Lito Lapid
Committee on Education – Sen. Edgardo Angara
Committee on Science and Technology – Sen. Edgardo Angara
Committee on Environment – Sen. Miguel Zubiri
Committee on Cooperatives – Sen. Miguel Zubiri
Committee on Economic Affairs – Sen. Manuel Villar
Committee on Trade and Commerce – Sen. Manuel Villar
Committee on Local Governments – Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Committee on Urban Planning – Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Committee on Accounts – (Fugitive) Sen. Panfilo Lacson
Committee on Civil Service – (detainee) Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV
Committee on Health and Demography – Sen. Pia Cayetano
Committee on Youth and Family Relations – Sen. Pia Cayetano
Committee on Ethics – Sen. Pia Cayetano
* Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano by virtue of being the minority leader, is automatically a member of all the committees. Meanwhile, Sen. Joker Arroyo opted not to get any chairmanship as he did in the 14th Congress. Sen. Miriam Santiago likewise did not have any chairmanship position as of such session.