WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Senate and the House of Representatives are opening their sessions for the 19th Congress at 10 am (Manila time) on Monday, July 25, a few hours before President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is to deliver his first State of the Nation Address.
District and party-list representatives are expected to formally elect Marcos’ cousin and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez as House speaker, while senators are set to choose Marcos-allied senator Juan Miguel Zubiri as Senate president.
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Acceptance speech of Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda￼
Senator Loren Legarda gives her acceptance speech after being elected as the Senate President Pro Tempore during the opening of the 19th Congress on Monday, July 25.
Acceptance speech of Senate President Migz Zubiri
In his acceptance speech as the new Senate President, Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday, July 25, gives a glimpse of how he would want the chamber to run under a Marcos presidency: vigilant against laws that could potentially harm the people, but cooperative with the President’s legislative agenda.
Villanueva says he has no idea why Padilla didn’t vote for him as Senate majority leader
Senator Joel Villanueva says he has no idea and could only speculate why his freshman colleague Robinhood Padilla chose not to vote for the former as majority leader in this morning’s session. pic.twitter.com/bNaS0lGN1J— Dwight De Leon (@newsdwight) July 25, 2022
Senator-siblings Alan, Pia Cayetano form ‘independent bloc’
Senator-siblings Alan and Pia Cayetano will not be part of the majority and minority blocs, and will form an “independent bloc,” arguing this will allow them to stay away from partisan politics. pic.twitter.com/YOO4qIncCw— Dwight De Leon (@newsdwight) July 25, 2022
WATCH: Sara Duterte arrives at House for opening of 19th Congress
Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Sandro Marcos and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez greet Vice President Sara Duterte upon her arrival at the House of Representatives on Monday, July 25, before the opening of the 19th Congress.