Manila, Philippines — all of the 11 House leaders who voted against death penalty bill, including previous President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, will be replaced when it resumes session after the Holy Week break, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has recently announced after days of indecision.
Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
The solitary Commission on Appointments (CA) member, Occidental Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato, won’t be saved from the approaching patch up nor will 10 officials holding key committee chairmanships, including Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto, according to Alvarez in his text message to reporters.
The replacements would come from the leaders’ own parties which would be nominating the replacements to the House administration, Alvarez said.
The Speaker said the revamp in the 292-seat chamber would happen after the Holy Week break.
“Yes, it will happen after the break. We are just waiting for the nominees from the respective parties,” Alvarez said.
The House is ready to adjourn Wednesday night and resume legislative work on May 2.
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The 11 House leaders, including Arroyo, a Deputy Speaker, disregard the administration stand by voting against the measure.
Nine committee chairs, including Recto, Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero, Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Sack ao, Quezon City Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte, and Makabayan officials Emmi De Jesus, Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Antonio Tinio, also voted no.
The chamber voted 217-54, with one abstention, to pass the bill on third reading.
The House leadership was criticized for its indecision in carrying out Alvarez’s warning to strip the anti-death penalty lawmakers of their posts.
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas initially said he requested that the Speaker permit him to deal with the matter, however after an assembly of majority members, decided to send the ball back on Alvarez’ court.