Members of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) will have a little over half of the 69 committee chairmanships at stake in the House of Representatives, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said Monday.
Gonzales, who was reelected as Mandaluyong congressman, said 37 chairmanships will be distributed among LP members and the remaining 32 will to to LP’s allied political parties in the House.
The parties include the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), National Union Party (NUP), Nacionalista Party (NP), Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino and the party-list bloc.
The NPC is headed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s uncle, tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., while the NUP is chaired by Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga of Cavite. The NP is led by outgoing Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.
“The distribution of committee chairmanships is computed according to
the actual number of lawmakers in every political party. At least 12 committee chairmanships are allotted to NPC, while NUP will get 10. NP has been allotted two. The party-list bloc will also get 10 because it has become a big bloc,” Gonzales said in an interview.
The remaining posts will go to LP members, including the House Committee on Appropriations, Gonzales said.
The House Appropriations panel is considered the most important committee, since it deliberates and approves the budget of various government agencies.
Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, the incumbent vice chairman of the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, welcomed the significant allocation of chairmanships for the party-list bloc.
“The issues tackled by all committees are main advocacies and expertise of many party-list groups. Party-list groups campaign on a national level so we have a feel of the condition of the people nationwide,” Colmenares said in a text message.
LLANESCA T. PANTI