House picks chairmen for committees

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday elected several committee chairpersons to start deliberating bills and resolutions filed in the 19th Congress.

The lower chamber elected Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda as Committee on Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Zaldy Co as House Committee on Appropriations chairman and Rep. Stella Luz Quimbo as the appropriations’ committee vice chairperson; and Rep. Teodorico Haresco as the chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs.

It also elected Rep. Yedda Romualdez as chairperson of the House Committee on Accounts, Rep. Edgardo Chatto as chairman of the House Committee on Climate Change, Rep. Roman Romulo as chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education, and Rep. Mark Go as the chairman of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education.

The House has also elected Rep. Juliet Ferrer to head the House Committee on Justice, Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo to chair the House Committee on Muslim Affairs, Rep. Elpidio Barzaga to chair the House Committee on Natural Resources and  Rep. Romeo Momo to head the House Committee on Public Works and Highways.

It also elected Rep. Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos as Senior Deputy Majority Leader.

Meanwhile, Rep. Marcelino “Nonoy” Libanan of 4Ps Partylist has been elected minority leader of the House of Representatives.

In a caucus, a total of 24 House members belonging to the minority earlier voted for Libanan to be their leader.

Under existing House rules, the House members who did not vote for the winning candidate for Speaker shall constitute the minority, who shall then elect their own leader.