Senate Committee Chairmanships Distributed; Miriam Gets Nothing

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MANILA (PNA) - The Senate finally approved on Monday the committee chairmanships without any objection on the floor as feisty senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has to leave early due to her health problem.The announcement of the committee chairmanships has been made after a closed-door caucus where Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile made the distribution of the chairmanship to the senators.Comebacking senator Serge Osmena III got the chairmanships of the committees energy; banks, financial institutions and currencies; and, joint committee on power corporation while Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada got only one on committee labor, employment and human resource development.Another comebacking senator Franklin Drilon took the finance committee while fellow Liberal Party senator Francis Pangilinan has been given the agriculture and social justice committees and another LP senator Ralph Recto got the committees on ways and means and government corporations and public enterprises.The committee on public services which was initially being targeted by Recto has been given anew to reelected senator Bong Revilla who also kept the public works committee.Senator Gringo Honasan also retained the public order and illegal drugs and got public information and mass media while senator Chiz Escudero also kept the justice and human rights committee and got a new chairmanship of the committee on national defense and security.Neophyte senator Teofisto Guingona, another administration senator, got the powerful blue ribbon committee while another newcomer senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. has been entrusted with two committees - local government and urban planning, housing and resettlement.Re-elected senator Lito Lapid retained games and amusement and sports and got tourism committee while Edgardo Angara got education, arts and culture; and, science and technology committees.Senator Loren Legarda also kept the climate change committee and got the foreign relations committee which was formerly handled by Santiago while former Senate majority floor leader Juan Miguel Zubiri got the environment and natural resources and cooperatives committees. …