New Senate President Sen. Migz Zubiri (Manila Standard courtesy)
By Junex Doronio
July 25, 2022
MANILA — As expected, there were no fireworks as Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri was smoothly voted in by his colleagues as Senate President while Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives without any opposition on Monday, the first day of the 19th Congress.
The senators who nominated Zubiri described the Mindanao lawmaker as the “trabahador” (worker) of the Senate.
He previously served as Senate majority leader.
On the other hand, of the 309 House members, 282 voted for Romualdez, cousin of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Meanwhile, four abstained and 22 did not vote.
Romualdez also served as House majority leader during the 18th Congress.
He was nominated by his nephew, Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” Marcos, the President’s son.
“Representative Romualdez’s competence is far beyond dispute. Much has been said of his familial relations to the President, but the reasons I cited ascertain that his qualification is beyond sufficient to lead us to greater heights,” Cong Sandro said. (ai/mtvn)