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House forms panel to canvass votes 05/22/2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

House forms panel to canvass votes

The House of Representatives has formed a nine-member group that would work hand-in-hand with the Senate in canvassing the votes for president and vice president beginning Tuesday.

Speaker Prospero Nograles, in a text message, yesterday said the group will be composed of himself 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), Matias Defensor (Quezon City) and Michael John Duavit (Rizal).

In case of absences, alternate members include Representatives Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Makati), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro), Lorenzo Tañada III (Quezon), Liwayway Vinzons-Chato (Camarines Norte), Simeon Datumanong (Maguindanao), Giorgidi Aggabao (Isabela), Pedro Romualdo (Camiguin), Joseph Emilio Abaya (Cavite) and Eduardo Zialcita (Parañaque).

Nograles said both the House and the Senate, convening separately, are set to approve the draft rules of canvassing on Monday, hence, he expects the National Board of Canvassers to start official canvassing the day after or on Tuesday.

Nograles and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will serve as co-chairman of the special canvassing committee.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, meanwhile, is seeking to inhibit herself from the Senate panel of the joint congressional committee to canvass the votes cast for presidential and vice presidential candidates in the 10 May 2010 elections.

The reelected senator sent a letter on Friday to Enrile requesting for her exclusion from the Senate contingent, citing her being a guest candidate of four political parties.... MORE  

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100522hed5.html


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