Published: 15:55, May 20, 2024 | Updated: 16:23, May 20, 2024
Philippine Senate President Zubiri steps down
By Xinhua

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri presides over the plenary session at the Senate in Manila on May 31, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

MANILA - Philippine Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri Monday confirmed that he is stepping down.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara told reporters that 15 out of 24 senators voted to oust Zubiri from the post.

Senator Francis Escudero will replace Zubiri as new president. Following the shake-up, all senate committees will be declared vacant

"My heart is broken," Zubiri said in a speech at the plenary session. "Today I offer my resignation as Senate president of the Republic of the Philippines," he added.

"I did my best. I leave my head up high," Zubiri told reporters minutes before giving his valedictory speech to the Senate.

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Senator Francis Escudero will replace Zubiri as new president. Following the shake-up, all senate committees will be declared vacant.

Zubiri assumed the senate presidency in July 2022.