Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) was elected deputy speaker, the second highest post of the House of Representatives and a first for Negros Occidental, yesterday.
"It is with humility and gratefulness that I accept the position of Deputy Speaker. Being one of the second highest ranking officials in the Philippine House of Representatives, I will do my best to serve the Congress in excellence,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez, who is on her third term as representative of the 6th District of Negros Occidental, said she will continue to prioritize her constituents in the 6th district, but will also widen her horizons to efficiently and effectively accomplish the tasks entrusted upon her by my colleagues.
“As the first congressman (congresswoman) from Negros Occidental elected to be Deputy Speaker, I thank my colleagues for their overwhelming trust and confidence. I praise God for this position and responsibility. With his guidance and grace, I'm 100 percent ready to take on this job. Now, I enjoin my fellow congressmen, let's get to work," she said.
Alvarez took her oath as deputy speaker, before House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, in the presence of her mother Dolly Alvarez.
She also seconded the nomination of Pantaleon Alvarez as speaker of the House on behalf of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, of which she belongs.
Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas (Ilocos Norte,1st District) was elected as Majority Leader.
Other elected deputy speakers aside from Alvarez were Rep. Eric Singson (Ilocos Sur, 2nd District), Rep. Fredenil Castro (Capiz, 2nd District), Rep. Raneo Abu (Batangas, 2nd District) and Rep. Romero Quimbo (Marikina, 2nd District).*CPG
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