MANILA – Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon said the four-member minority bloc was contented with the assignment of committee chairmanships and memberships in the Senate.
Drilon on Monday said he was satisfied as to how Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III gave a fair treatment to the opposition senators.
“Without going to the specifics, we have come to broad agreements on the treatment of the minority senators,” Drilon said. “It will not be an issue. I repeat that the matter of the committees for the minority has been satisfactorily resolved.”
However, he refused to reveal what committees were assigned to the opposition senators as he will let Sotto do it to the public.
“I will let the Senate President, out of respect to him, do the announcement insofar as the committee assignments are concerned, because committee chairs are chosen by the majority, so I would defer to the Senate President,” he said.
Drilon earlier raised a howl as news reached him that some majority senators were eyeing the committees being held by the members of the minority.
Sotto said senator-elect Imee Marcos agreed to chair the economic affairs and electoral reforms committees, while minority Sen. Risa Hontiveros agreed to give up the chairmanship of the committee on women, children, family relations and gender equality, which was being eyed by senator-elect Pia Cayetano./PN