House panel formed to canvass votes for president, VP
Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – UPDATE The House of Representatives completed the members of its panel that would work with the Senate in canvassing the votes for president and vice president starting next week, Speaker Prospero Nograles announced Friday.
The nine-member group will be composed of Nograles as chairman, majority leader Arthur Defensor, minority leader Ronaldo Zamora, senior deputy majority leader Neptali Gonzales II, senior deputy minority leader Roilo Golez, Representatives Crispin Remulla Cavite, Didagen Dilangalen Shariff Kabunsuan with Cotabato City, and Matias Defensor Quezon City, and Michael John Duavit Rizal.
Alternate members include Representatives Teodoro Locsin Jr. Makati, Rufus Rodriguez Cagayan de Oro, Lorenzo Tanada III Quezon, Liwayway Vinzons-Chato Camarines Norte, Simeon Datumanong Maguindanao, Giorgidi Aggabao Isabela, Pedro Romualdo Camiguin, Joseph Emilio Abaya Cavite, and Eduardo Zialcita Paranaque.
Noynoy cries foul over plan to delay proclamation
President-apparent Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday cried foul over House Speaker Prospero Nograles’s reported plan to move back the proclamation of president and vice president from June 4 to June 30, the same day President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo steps down from office.
Nograles, who lost the mayoralty race in Davao City, was quoted as saying that the Senate and the House of Representatives, convening as the national board of canvassers, would proclaim the winning president and vice president “on or before high noon of June 30.”
“Offhand yung aabutin ng June 30, meron pang on or before, noon na sinasabi. Parang napaka hindi tama na sabihin ng Speaker yan,” Aquino said in an interview with reporters after he was visited in his Times Street home by US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.