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