Finally, senior citizens will have representation in Congress.
On Monday at the opening of the regular session of the 17t Congress, Francisco Datol, Jr. and Milagros Aquino-Magsaysay took their oaths of office as party-list representatives for the Coalition of the Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc.
They were allowed to assume their posts after the issuance by the Commission on Elections of their Certificate of Finality, recognizing them as the legitimate nominees of the Coalition of the Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines.
With their oath taking, the number of the members of the House of Representatives increased to 294.
There are four congressional posts still unoccupied – for the lone district of Las Piñas, lone district of Basilan, first district of Sulu and lone district of Mountain Province.
The Las Piñas seat was vacated by Mark Villar who was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways shortly after the elections.
The congressional seats for Basilan, Sulu and Mountain Province were left vacant with the deaths of Representatives Jum Akbar, Tupay Loong and Maximo Dalog, respectively. The three lawmakers died of natural causes.