Joel Villanueva contemplating joining Senate minority group

Former Senate Majority Leader Joel Villanueva is considering joining the minority bloc in the Senate following the recent change in leadership. In an interview, Villanueva mentioned that he has discussed this possibility with Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. The group, known as the “Magic 7,” which supported former Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, includes Villanueva along with other senators. Villanueva stated that he is still evaluating his options and emphasized his commitment to serving the best interests of the people. Additionally, he mentioned that he has been offered committee chairmanships by the new leadership but did not provide further details. According to Villanueva, members of the “Magic 7” are currently independent senators.

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