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Villar to help resolve row over Senate committees


VILLAR (FB photo)


Senator Cynthia Villar has commit­ted to help in resolving the Senate majority’s problem on committee chairmanships, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

There have been speculations that Villar was pushed to replace Sotto as the Senate president should neo­phyte senators fail to get their pre­ferred committees.

Villar did not sign the draft resolu­tion maintaining the Sotto’s leader­ship in the next Congress, fearing that her partymates senators-elect Pia Cayetano and Imee Marcos would be left out.

Sotto said he had a “fruitful” talk with Villar over phone. Their discus­sion, he said, focused on the chair­manships and Villar’s concerns for her Nacionalista Party allies.

“She is helping to settle some is­sues on chairmanships,” Sotto told reporters.

The Senate chief, on the other hand, said they were not able to discuss the draft resolution earlier supported by 14 incumbent majority bloc senators sans Villar.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe on Thursday opted to keep mum about her supposed plan to give up her chairmanship of the Senate Commit­tee on Public Information and Mass Media to newly-elected senators. (Vanne Terrazola)