A Member of the Commission on Appointments Contingent for the Lower House denies talk that the House bloc voted together against the confirmation of Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary.

Congressman Joel Mayo Almario said in a statement, “as a CA member, I find Taguiwalo qualified as Secretary of the DSWD and should be confirmed. but as the committee chairman, even if my yes vote is different from the majority vote, i have to adhere, abide and announce the collective decison of the majority.” Continue reading


Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may no longer be a Deputy Speaker after she voted against the bill reimposing the death penalty, but she’s busier than ever as she is now a member of 12 House Committees.
Arroyo was elected today to be a member of the Committees on Local Government,  Veterans Affairs and Welfare and Ways and Means. That’s in addition to her current memberships in the committees of Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Government Enterprises and Privatization, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and Employment, National Defense and Security, Population and Family Relations and Revision of Laws which she gained last May 16. That’s 12 of the 58 standing committees of the House.
Congressmen in leadership positions like Arroyo was as deputy speaker are ex-officio members of all committee of the house. they also enjoy the rank and privilege of committee chairmen.
Arroyo is also one of the most prolific members of the House in the 17th Congress, authoring at least 164 House measures.
Other new committee assignments announced today are: Rep. Jesulito Manalo as Chairperson as chair of the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs and  Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza as Chairperson of the Committee on Poverty Alleviation, making  the Chairmanship of the Special Committee on Globalization and WTO vacant.
Manalo replaces Buhay Party List Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde while Mendoza replaces Gabriela Party List Rep. emmy de jesus as chairpersons of the Committees on Overseas Workers Affairs and Poverty Alleviation after they, like Arroyo, voted against the death penalty bill which is a priority bill of the administration.
New House member Senior Citizens Party List  Rep. Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay was designated as a Member of the Committees on Cooperatives Development,  Population and Family Relations,  Social Services and Veterans Affairs and Welfare Committee on Women

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Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano maintains Customs Commissionner Nicanor Faeldon has not been a member of the Magdalo Group since 2005 when he escaped detention.

Alejano says that initially there was a falling out because Faeldon promised he would not escape and put the careers of their custodians in danger. However when he escaped, the custodians were detained while the other Magdalos were put in solitary confinement.

Alejano adds he served with Faeldon in the Marines, and that he was in fact the one who recruited Faeldon. Alejano says the group eventually reconciled until the 2016 election campaign when faeldon lambasted the Magdalos even as he defended President Duterte.

Alejano adds Faeldon tried to recruit him to help him in the BOC but he declined because of Faeldon’s lambasting them during the campaign. Alejano says they were surrpised by Faeldon’s actions back then.

Likewise, Alejano says Customs officials Milo Maestrecampo and Gerardo Gambala  are also not members of Magdalo anymore since they signed an affidavit and pleaded guilty during the pendency of their  case for coup d’etat during the Arroyo administration. The 2 were then pardoned and tajen in the government.

Alejano maintains thats watr under the bridge but in so far as the BOC is concerned. Faeldon and his people are on their own. “”sarili nila diskarte yun.”

For Alejano, whether faeldon knows about the shabu shipment or not, it can only be one of 2 things, Faeldon is either complict or incompetent.


Opposition Congressman Albay  Rep. Edcel Lagman urges President Duterte to appoint justices from the academe, noting that the president’s recent appointments all came from the ranks of the judiciary. Lagman says the reason why there should be a balance between those who came from the ranks and those who came from the academe is because those came from the ranks maybe compromise or coopted already.