House elects replacements for Arroyo, Vilma Santos

Images from Arroyo/ Santos-Recto's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines  –  The House of Representatives has elected on Wednesday the new leaders to fill the posts vacated by Pampanga Rep. and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto.

Picked to replace Arroyo as Deputy Speaker is Bulacan Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica who previously chaired the House foreign affairs committee.

On the other hand, Santos-Recto was replaced by fellow Batangas Rep. Marvey Mariño as chairperson of the Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation.

The oath-taking of Villarica and Mariño was presided by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the plenary session.

Both Arroyo and Santos-Recto were stripped of their respective posts in March following their anti- d***h penalty votes.

Also removed from their committee chairmanships were Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero (House Committee on Basic Education); Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-Ao (House Committee on People’s Participation); Gabriela Partylist Rep. Emmi de Jesus (Poverty Alleviation); ACT Partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio (House Committee on Public Information); Buhay Partylist Rep. Mariano Michael Velarde (House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs); Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate (House Committee on Natural Resources); Batanes Rep. Henedina Abad (, who chairs the House Committee on Government Reorganization); DIWA Partylist Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (House Committee on Women and Gender Equality; and Quezon City Rep. Christopher Belmonte (House Special Committee on Land Use).