Senate elects Zubiri as majority leader
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday took on a new role as Senate majority leader.
Zubiri’s election came as Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III was elected as Senate president on Monday.
In his acceptance speech, Zubiri committed to improve the Senate’s working relationship with the House of Representatives.
“We will uphold and defend the Senate’s image as an institution from its detractors and protect the Senate’s independence and integrity,” Zubiri said.
He said the chamber will take action on its legislative priorities such the Bangsamoro Basic Law, ending “endo” or contractual labor and Public sServices Act that would allow competition on people’s basic needs such as telecommunications and transportation.
“My leadership style is one of not courting controversies and political fights, he said. “Those who know me, know that I am a consensus-builder, team player and an optimist.”
While feeling “humbled and honored” to be chosen for the post, the majority leaders said the he had mixed emotions in accepting the post.
“I am saddened that it will take a lot of quality time away from my family, my wife and young children,” he said.
Meanwhile, Zubiri nominated former Senate president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as chair of the Senate committee on trade, commerce and entrepreneurship, a post he is vacating.
No one objected to Pimentel’s nomination to the committee. /vvp
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