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House elects 33rd deputy speaker under Velasco

Rambo Talabong

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House elects 33rd deputy speaker under Velasco

DEPUTY SPEAKER. Biñan Representative Marlyn "Len" Alonte

Photo from Alonte's Facebook page

Biñan City Representative Marlyn "Len" Alonte is the 33rd deputy speaker elected under Speaker Lord Allan Velasco

The House of Representatives elected on Thursday, March 25, its 33rd deputy speaker under the leadership of Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

During the plenary session on Thursday, Deputy Speaker Juan Pablo “Rimpy” Bondoc spoke on behalf of the majority and nominated Biñan City Representative Marlyn “Len” Alonte as deputy speaker.

Her position as deputy majority leader was given to Quezon City 4th District Representative Jesus “Bong” Suntay.

This is the most number of deputy speakers that the House had in its history, with one in every 10 lawmakers being a deputy speaker.

Deputy speakers preside over the plenary on behalf of the speaker, they also are given additional funds for staffing.

They also automatically become ex-officio members of all House committees, giving them voting powers.

Speakers usually choose allies and veteran lawmakers as their deputies in the House. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.