Just today, there has been a change in the chairmanship committees of health, agriculture, and education.

Sen Emmanuel Pacquiao declared seats vacant and nominated chairs to 3 Standing Committees.

Committee on health chair Senator Risa Hontiveros was replaced by Senator JV Ejercito.

Committee on agriculture chair Senator Francis Pangilinan was replaced by Senator Cynthia Villar.

While Committee on education chair Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IVwas replaced by Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

The movement of Pacquiao cleared all LP from being chairs in key committees.

Trillanes however remains with Minority and heads it subject to reorganization with Drilon, Pangilinan, Hontiveros and Aquino now joining the minority, further subject to final decision of Sen. Delima.

Drilon, Aquino, and Pangilinan are all in the same political party while Hontiveros is their close ally.

Aquino said the fact that he was replaced had nothing to do with his performance as committee chairman.

“If this is the price to pay for showing up at the streets of EDSA, for talking about democracy, if this is the price to pay, I’d gladly pay the price,” Aquino said.

LP leader Senator Franklin Drilon was also removed as Senate President Pro Tempore and was replaced by Ralph Recto with 17 votes out of 23 senators.

Source: GMA News, Malou Tiquia

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