5 women lawmakers are new House deputy speakers
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives appointed 5 women lawmakers as new House Deputy speakers on Monday, August 15.
- Davao City 2nd District Representative Mylene Garcia Albano
- Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (former Philippine president)
- Taguig 2nd District Representative Pia Cayetano (former senator)
- Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia (former Cebu governor)
- AAMBIS-OWA Representative Sharon Garin
They took their oath before House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in the presence of their relatives and friends on Monday.
Former President Arroyo, however, told the media about her new appointment 5 days ahead of the official announcement. (READ: Gloria Arroyo: 'Strategic direction' is to fully support Duterte)
The 5 women lawmakers join the ranks of the first 5 deputy speakers recognized by the House of Representatives:
- Batangas 2nd District Representative Raneo Abu
- Negros Occidental 6th District Representative Mercedes Alvarez
- Capiz 2nd District Representative Fredenil Castro
- Marikina 2nd District Representative Miro Quimbo
- Ilocos Sur 2nd District Representative Eric Singson
They are members of either President Rodrigo Duterte's Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) or the parties that have coalesced with the ruling party.
They will each be assigned to represent one of the 12 proposed regions should there be a shift to a federal state. (READ: How many states should PH have under federalism?)
Under a Constituent Assembly, Congress turns itself into a body that would amend the Constitution “upon a 3/4 of the votes of all its members.”
Duterte has strong support in the 17th Congress, with his PDP-Laban party mates Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Alvarez heading the chambers. – Rappler.com