- Manny Pacquiao is the new ethics committee chairman
- He replaced its former head, Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III
- Gatchalian became its newest member, taking Pacquiao’s place
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao has been elected as the new chairman of the ethics committee in the Upper House.
Pacquiao replaced Sen. Vicente Sotto III who was elected Senate President in May vice Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri moved for Pacquaio’s nomination as ethics panel chairman.
“With the permission of the body, we move to elect Sen. Manny Pacquiao as chairman of the Committee on Ethics,” said Zubiri during the session.
Facing no objection, Sotto approved the motion.
Sotto formerly chairs the ethics committee prior to his election as Senate president. Pimentel was supposed to take his place but this did not happen during the session.
As ethics committee chairman, Pacquiao now heads the panel tasked to investigate all matters relating to the conduct, rights, privileges, safety, dignity, integrity and reputation of the Senate and its members.
Among its current members are Senators Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan II, Grace Poe, Risa Hontiveros, and Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV.
On Tuesday, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian was also elected as its newest member, replacing Pacquiao.