Tolentino will head local government panel — Sotto

Francis Tolentino

MANILA, Philippines — As senators contend for committee chairmanships in the incoming 18th Congress, Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday stated that neophyte Sen. Francis Tolentino would get the Committee on Local Government, while fellow neophyte Sen. Imee Marcos was looking for “different committees.”

Sotto noted this following a dinner appeared by several of his colleagues — incumbent, new, and returning — who discoursed the issue of committee chairmanships with him.

Sotto stated thru a text, adding that he would “sort it out.”, “Tolentino will get [committee on] local government. Imee is seeking different committees. I’m fixing it.”

He added, Marcos prefers the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development.

Sotto added that 95 percent of the committee chairmanships had been settled, with only one or two committees still under “minimal contention.”

Sotto further said: “I asked everyone to submit their committee preferences, which I will sort out then will present it back to them by next week for everyone’s approval. All is well.”

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, in the meantime, cited there were no more problems in the committee chairmanships.

In the 17th Congress, the Senate Committee on Local Government was chaired by Sen. Sonny Angara and the Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development was chaired by detained Sen. Leila de Lima.

Sotto previously revealed that some newly-elected senators were eyeing committee chairmanships held by incumbent senators.

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