Zubiri is new Senate president

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was officially declared as new Senate president on Monday, July 25.

Zubiri was voted in by his colleagues during the first session of the 19th Congress, ahead of the first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Zubiri is new Senate president
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri is the new Senate President. Photo Credit: Facebook/Senator Migz Zubiri

Reports said no other candidates for the post were nominated and there were no objections after the election.

Last month, the Congress elected Zubiri as Senate President Pro Tempore to ensure continued discharge of powers and duties of the Senate leadership until the opening of a new Congress.

Zubiri is a veteran legislator, having served in both houses of Congress and posting perfect attendance in a combined 15-year service.

Prior to his career in the Senate, he served the 3rd District of Bukidnon from 1998 to 2007, and was always cited as one of the most outstanding solons in the House of Representatives.

During his first term in the Senate, Sen. Zubiri, at age 39, became the youngest to be elected as Senate Majority Leader since the First Congress in 1946. He was once again elected as Senate Majority Leader in the 17th Congress, displaying the same zeal and work ethic as he had in the 14th Congress, where he shepherded 650 bills to become laws.

As a Mindanawon, the Bangsamoro Organic Law (RA 11054) is his most notable contribution to promote peace and development in the region.

— The Summit Express

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