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House supermajority to select new leader next week

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The new supermajority is expected to elect its new leader next week following the recent change of leadership in the House of Representatives.

House Deputy Speaker and interim Majority Floor Fredenil Castro (Capiz) said the new House majority is now ready to select its new chairman for the Committee on Rules, the same person who will act as the Majority Floor Leader.

“To be specific, it could be, since we did not have the opportunity to vote now or to select the Majority Leader, we can expect it Monday or sometime next week,” said Castro

Castro clarified that he was only performing the duties of the Majority Leader until the House body makes its choice.

“When you say ‘Interim,’ meaning to say that Interim Majority Leader is placed on the spot in order to perform the duties of the Majority Leader and the new Speaker having been elected, it means that the Interim Majority Leader is there until after such time that the regular Majority Leader is elected into office,” Castro said.

Rep. Magnolia Antonino (Nueva Ecija) that the candidates being considered are those who were integral to the election of Arroyo.

“There were a number of people who are very crucial to the process, who really helped, and who really showed that they supported this move. So it’s very hard to discuss the internal conversations that we’re having in the majority right now, but I’m sure the best candidate will be decided upon,” Antonino said.

Among those being eyed to led the new super majority bloc include Castro, Suansing as well as incumbent House Minority Floor Leader Danilo Suarez (Quezon) and Deputy Speaker Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr. (Camarines Sur).

Both Suarez and Andaya both played significant roles during the July 23 House leadership fiasco that ousted former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Suarez earlier admitted that he is the one who initiated the manifesto of support and signature campaign to elect former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the new House leader while Andaya presided over the controversial procedure that ousted the former Speaker few hours before the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).