Pacquiao is new chair of Senate ethics panel

Senator Manny Pacquiao was elected Tuesday as chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics, replacing Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Sotto chaired the panel when Senator Aquilino Pimentel III was still the Senate President.

The Senate President does not chair any committee as he is considered a member of all Senate panels.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri moved for the election of Pacquiao.

Hearing no objections, Sotto approved the motion and formalized Pacquiao’s election.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe was elected as member of the Ethics panel vice Pacquiao.

Poe joins Senators Panfilo Lacson, Gregorio Honasan II, Risa Hontiveros, and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as members of the committee which hears all matters relating to the conduct, rights, privileges, safety, dignity, integrity, and reputation of the Senate and its members.