LOOK: Incumbent, incoming majority bloc senators meet over dinner

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) — Incumbent and incoming senators of the majority bloc gathered Wednesday evening in Senator Manny Pacquiao’s home at the close of the 17th Congress amid talks of a possible leadership change in the Senate.

Incumbents who attended include Senate President Tito Sotto, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Joel Villanueva, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon and Grace Poe. Also in the dinner meeting were outgoing Senators Loren Legarda and Gringo Honasan.

Senators-elect Imee Marcos, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Lito Lapid, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino, and Christopher “Bong” Go were also present.

Senator Cynthia Villar, who is reportedly eyeing the senate presidency, did not attend. Also absent were Senators Panfilo Lacson and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, outgoing Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, and Senator-elect Pia Cayetano.

Zubiri told reporters the senators and senators-elect listed down committee chairmanship preferences. The meeting took place amid reported squabbling on who will lead Senate panels and a possible challenge to Sotto's leadership of the chamber.