December 3, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez was mounted as Speaker of the House of Representatives through the opening of the 19th Congress Session on Monday.

Romualdez, who was the former majority speaker all through the 18th Congress, was nominated by his nephew, Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Alexander Marcos.

Romualdez obtained 282 votes, when 4 abstained and one voted no. There ended up also 22 users who unsuccessful to vote.

The 4 who abstained are the three users of the Makabayan bloc — Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas, Alliance of Involved Instructors (ACT) get together-checklist Rep. France Castro, and Kabataan celebration-listing Rep. Raoul Manuel — and OFW celebration-listing Rep. Marissa Magsino.

Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman meanwhile voted no.

Through the conclude of the session, the Dwelling declared that all who abstained, voted no, and failed to vote will be asked to fulfill so that a minority floor chief would be voted amid them.

The installation of Romualdez as Property Speaker has been anticipated by a lot of observers in Congress, as he earned the support of lawmakers from his have occasion, Lakas-CMD, and other political teams like the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

Go through: Lakas-CMD endorses Romualdez for Home speakership

He also received the backing of key officers from the Home, like former speakers Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Examine: Arroyo endorses Romualdez as Speaker of 19th Congress

Rumors of Romualdez remaining mounted as Speaker on the other hand did not start off just a short while ago throughout the 18th Congress, the Leyte lawmaker was element of talks about a expression-sharing agreement with him and previous Speakers Cayetano and Velasco.

Romualdez inevitably gave way, settling for the bulk Speaker article as a assembly held concerning the three speakership bets and former President Rodrigo Duterte resulted in the so-called 15-21 agreement — in which Cayetano held the put up for the initial 15 months and then Velasco the remaining 21 months of the 18th Congress.

Browse: Salceda: Romualdez to stick to Duterte selection on House leadership

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