Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has voted for Senator Franklin M. Drilon as Senate President during the election of the top Senate posts at the inaugural session of the 16th Congress on Monday (July 22, 2013), with all the senators present, except Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Drilon became the Senate Presidency, with 17 votes, while his fellow nominee, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, with 6 votes, is now the Senate minority leader.
Also on the first session day, Senator Ralph Recto was elected Senate President Pro-tempore while Senator Allan Peter Cayetano was elected Senate Majority Leader, who automatically becomes the chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules.
Aside from Marcos, those who voted Drilon were Senators Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Antonio Trillanes IV, Pia S. Cayetano, Sergio R. Osmena III, Aquilino “Koko” L. Pimentel III, Grace Poe, Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr., Cynthia A. Villar, Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, Teofisto L. Guingona III, Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid, Loren B. Legarda, Cayetano, Recto, and Enrile.
Those who voted Enrile are Senators Maria Lourdes “Nancy” S. Binay, JV Ejercito Estrada, Vicente C. Sotto III, Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan III, and Drilon.
In the next few days, the chamber will designate chairmen, vice chairmen, and members of the 39 standing committees and 35 oversight committees.
Since the start of the 16th Congress on July 1, Marcos has already filed 36 Senate bills and 1 proposed resolution.
In the 15th Congress, Marcos, also with the majority block, had chaired the Senate Committee on Local Government and the Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement; Oversight Committee on ARMM Organic Act, Congressional Oversight Committee on Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Condonation Act, Oversight Committee on Special Purpose Vehicle Act, and Select Oversight Committee on the Local Government Code of 1991.
He was the vice chairman of the Committee on Cooperatives and a member of 23 standing committees.