Sen. Frank Drilon is new Senate President
Juan Ponce Enrile becomes the new Minority Leader.
Dexter San Pedro of InterAksyon.com reports that Senator Franklin Drilon of the Liberal Party has been elected as the new Senate President after beating Senator Juan Ponce Enrile by 11 votes.
The report explained that following tradition, Drilon took his oath as Senate President from the youngest senator in the 16th Congress, Senator Paulo Benigno "Bam" Aquino. As Drilon's lone opponent for the position, Enrile automatically became the new Senate minority leader. All senators attended the first session of the new Congress and took part in the voting except for Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who was absent that day.
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