Sixteen senators approved Senator Manny Pacquiao’s motion to declare the Senate justice committee vacant.
Sen. Leila de Lima, the Senate panel chair, was replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon. The committee led by De Lima is conducting an investigation into the rising number of drug-related killings in recent months.
Only four senators voted against a motion to declare all positions of the committee vacant. Two abstained. The members of the minority bloc headed by Senator Ralph Recto did not participate in the voting.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III immediately elected “reluctant” Senator Richard Gordon to replace De Lima as chair of the committee.
Earlier, Pacquiao asked the Senate floor to unseat the current membership of the committee.