MANILA -- The battle for the chairmanship of highly coveted committees in the Senate is over, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said Sunday.
In an ambush interview, Sotto said the issue on chairmanships for the committees on education, arts and culture; constitutional amendments and revision of codes; and electoral reforms and people’s participation had been resolved.
Sotto added that 100 percent of committee chairmanships had been assigned.
Sen. Imee Marcos is set to lead the committee on electoral reforms after Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who earlier expressed interest in the chairmanship, agreed to no longer pursue it, Sotto said.
Sen. Pia Cayetano will no longer pursue the chairmanship of the committee on education and will instead handle the ways and means committee, vacated by Sen. Sonny Angara, according to Sotto.
The education committee was vacated by former senator and now Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero.
Sotto added that minority senators would also be given committees.
Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, meanwhile, will remain as chairman of the constitutional amendments committee, said Sotto.