July 30, 2010
MANILA – Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III said on Wednesday that the assignments of the committee chairmanships is now almost complete with only the committees on energy and public services remain in contention. ”More or less its now 98 percent complete,” Sotto said after a closed-door caucus of the senators belonging to the majority bloc. Sotto said contenders for the chairmanship of energy committee are senator Loren Legarda and neophyte senator Teofisto Guingona Jr. while senator Ralph Recto is interested of taking the committee on public services from senator Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. ”We have already assigned somebody to settle those contentious committees,” Sotto said.
Sotto said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will announce on Monday the final list of the committee chairmanships, hoping those committees in contention will not be decided upon the floor. ”I think everything it okay now. Let’s just wait for the Senate president to announce all the committee chairmanships on Monday,” Sotto said. Before the caucus, Revilla expressed to the media his dismay when Recto approached him during the 15th Congress joint session last Monday, inviting Revilla to become members of the public services committee.