Allies Notch Top House Posts, Juicy Committees

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (PTV photo)

By Fernan Angeles

IT’S payback time.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (PTV photo)

In what appears to be another grand display of politics embarking on compromise, patronage and convenience, juicy positions at the House of Representatives – as usual, went to those falling under the category of “political allies.”

Instead of three (representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao), the 19th Congress would be donning nine Deputy House Speakers. Likewise noted for notching the senior deputy majority leader is a neophyte – presidential son and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Sandro Marcos.

Elected last week were former President and now Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Senior Deputy Speaker, and Representatives Isidro Ungab, Roberto Puno, Kristine Singson Meehan, Camille Villar, and Raymond Democrito Mendoza as Deputy Speakers.


Elite Line-Up

Early today, Batangas 6th District Rep. Ralph Recto (who was Senate Pro-Tempore, an equivalent position during his senate stint), Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales and Cebu 5th District Rep. Vincent Duke Frasco joined the elite line-up of the administration’s political networks.

No less than House Speaker Martin Romualdez administered their oath at the session hall.

Interestingly, Recto is the husband of former actress Vilma Santos-Recto, herself among the 33 deputy speakers of the 18th Congress.

Gonzales, also a deputy house speaker during the 18th Congress, managed to keep his powerful post.

Meanwhile, Frasco is the husband of Vice President Sara Duterte’s former spokesperson and now Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco. He also happens to be the son-in-law of Governor Gwen Garcia of the vote-rich Cebu province where Marcos handily won during the May 2022 presidential derby.


Other Allies

Other political allies who were given chairmanship of juicy House committees include:

  • Solomon Chungalao – Agrarian Reform
  • Wilfrido Mark Enverga – Agriculture and Food
  • Alfredo Maranon III – Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources
  • Nicanor Briones — Cooperatives Development
  • Robert Ace Barbers — Dangerous Drugs
  • Alan Ecleo – Disaster Resilience
  • Antonio Ferrer – Games and Amusements
  • Government Enterprises and Privatization: Edwin Olivarez
  • Jose Francisco Benitez — Housing and Urban Development
  • Glona Labadlabad — Inter Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy
  • Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles — Labor and Employment
  • Gustavo Tambunting — Legislative Franchises
  • Rex Gatchalian — Local Government
  • Rolando Valeriano — Metro Manila Development
  • Christian Unabia — Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development
  • Ron Salo — Overseas Workers Affairs
  • Florida Robes — People’s Participation
  • Dan Fernandez — Public Order and Safety
  • Wilton Tonton Kho — Rural Development
  • Romeo Acop – Transportation
  • Christopher De Venecia — Creative Industries and Performing Arts
  • Princess Rihan Sakaluran — East Asian Growth Area
  • Alfred Delos Santos — Globalization and WTO
  • Ruth Mariano Hernandez — Southern Tagalog Development
  • Felimon Espares — Ethics and Privileges
  • Joseph Stephen Paduano — Public Accounts
  • Edgardo Chatto — Climate Change
  • Roman Romulo — Basic Education
  • Joey Salceda — Ways and Means
  • Zaldy Co – Appropriations
  • Yedda Romualdez – Accounts
  • Teodorico Haresco — Economic Affairs
  • Mark Go — Higher and Technical Education
  • Juliet Ferrer – Justice
  • Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo – Muslim Affairs
  • Elpidio Barzaga — Natural Resources
  • Romeo Momo — Public Works and Highways



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