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Pacquiao is new Senate ethics committee chair

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By Xave Gregorio

Senator Manny Pacquiao is now the chair of the Senate ethics committee, replacing Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri moved to elect the boxer-turned-senator as chair of the Committee on Ethics and Privileges, which handles all matters relating to the conduct, rights, privileges, safety, dignity, integrity and reputation of the Senate and its members.

No senator objected to the motion.

Sotto previously headed the ethics committee when he was majority leader, however, he had to leave the helm of the panel when he replaced Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III as Senate President.

Pimentel was initially offered to chair the ethics committee, but this did not follow through.

Replacing Pacquiao as member of the Senate ethics panel is Senator Sherwin Gatchalian.

The committee hears complaints against senators who may have acted in an unparliamentary manner and may recommend to the plenary punishment for them, which includes suspension and expulsion.