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Lalo pang lumobo! Deputy Speakers soars to 22 under Cayetano

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

It seems that National Unity Party (NUP) President and Cavite Rep. Elpidio “Pidi” Barzaga was indeed right when he said that House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano was “considerate of lawmakers who support him.”

On Tuesday, four more congressmen were named deputy speakers by House leadership which Barzaga earlier admitted as a form of political accommodation on the part of Cayetano for the different entities who supported him last month.

Among those named deputy speakers were Reps. Vilma Santos-Recto (Batangas); Deogracias Victor Savellano (Ilocos Sur); Mujiv Hataman (Basilan); and Mikee Romero (Party-list – 1Pacman).

Santos-Recto and Savellano belong to the Nacionalista Party (NP) while Hataman is from the Liberal Party.

Meanwhile, Romero is the president of the 54-man Party-list Coalition Foundation, Inc. (PCFI)

Senior Deputy Majority Floor Leader Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla (Cavite) has moved for election of the said official which was immediately acted the presiding officer, Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel (Surigao del Sur).

Barzaga earlier hinted that the rising number of deputy speakers may further ballooned to 24, stressing that Cayetano “needs to provide some bargaining, some positions for all political parties allied with the administration in order not to antagonize them.”

Barzaga explained that it was good gesture on the part of Cayetano “considering that there was no fight as far as the speakership is concern” due to the term-sharing deal brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte between the former Foreign Affairs secretary and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco.

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