2 weeks Velasco installed as new Speaker in session outside House Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 186 congressmen, or majority of 299 members of the House of Representatives, have elected Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco as the new Speaker in a session described by allies of Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano "illegal." The election happened in a session held Monday at the Celebrity Sports Complex in Quezon City despite questions from Cayetano's camp regarding the legality of the process. It was Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, who has been vocal amid the speakership row, who moved to declare the Speaker's post vacant, the first step to essentially unseat Cayetano. After his ... more