- Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 17th congress
- Rep. Alvarez won by a majority vote of 251
- Rep Alvarez's win came to no surprise after majority of congressmen earlier expressed full support to congressman from PDP-Laban
Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has put an end to speculations after being elected as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives during the opening of the 17th Congress on Monday, July 25.
Alvarez of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) received a majority vote of 251 votes. Rivals Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. received 8 votes, while Rep. Danilo Suarez received 7 votes. A validation is yet to be made for the Minority Leader post.
Alvarez's victory came to no surprise as an overwhelming number of congressmen expressed full support to the former Transportation secretary's candidacy. Alvarez served as Transportation chief from 2001-2002 during former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term.
Meanwhile, Alvarez's partymate in PDP-Laban, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III has been elected as the new Senate president after getting the approval of 20 senators over rival Senator Ralph Recto who now assumes the post of Minority Leader. Former Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Tito Sotto III will assume the post of Senate President Pro-tempore and Senate Majority Floor Leader respectively.
Meanwhile, Rep. Baguilat, a day before the race for the House Speaker tweeted, "I will run for the speakership of the House of Representatives. We won’t win. We won’t even make it as minority floor. But doing what’s right".
Prior to joining the lower chamber of the Congress, Alvarez served as Assistant General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority.
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In an earlier interview, former House Speaker Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that Rep. Alvarez is expected to win the race.
“It’s not just about him having the numbers; it’s only a matter of time that he’ll be speaker,” the two-time House Speaker said. -MR, Kami Media