Girish Mahajan

17th Congress of the Philippines

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Vice President  Leni Robredo (Liberal)
Minority leader  Ralph Recto (Liberal)
17th Congress of the Philippines
President  Rodrigo Duterte (PDP-Laban)
Senate President  Aquilino Pimentel III (PDP-Laban)
Senate President pro tempore  Franklin Drilon (Liberal)
Majority leader  Vicente Sotto III (NPC)

The Seventeenth Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Ikalabimpitong Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the current meeting of the national legislature of the Republic of the Philippines, composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. The convention of the 17th Congress was followed by the 2016 Senate election, which will replace half of the Senate membership, and the 2016 House of Representatives elections which elected the entire membership of the House of Representatives.

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The House of Representatives meets in Batasang Pambansa Complex and the Senate will meet in the GSIS Building from July 25, 2016 to a certain date in 2019, from the first to third year of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte; this will be the end of tenure for senators elected in 2013. The 17th Congress was officially opened by President Duterte together with the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Leadership

  • All terms started in July 25, 2016 unless otherwise noted.
  • Senate

  • Senate President: Aquilino Pimentel III (PDP-Laban)
  • Senate President pro tempore: Franklin Drilon (Liberal)
  • Majority Leader: Tito Sotto (NPC)
  • Minority Leader: Ralph Recto (Liberal)
  • House of Representatives

  • Speaker: Pantaleon Alvarez (Davao del Norte–1st, PDP-Laban)
  • Deputy Speakers:
  • Since July 25, 2016:
  • Eric Singson (Ilocos Sur–2nd, PDP-Laban)
  • Mercedes Alvarez (Negros Occidental–6th, NPC)
  • Fredenil Castro (Capiz–2nd, NUP)
  • Raneo Abu (Batangas–2nd, Nacionalista)
  • Miro Quimbo (Marikina–2nd, Liberal)
  • Since August 15, 2016
  • Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Pampanga–2nd, Lakas)
  • Pia Cayetano (Taguig–2nd, Nacionalista)
  • Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu–3rd, PDP-Laban)
  • Mylene Garcia-Albano (Davao City–2nd, PDP-Laban)
  • Sharon Garin (AAMBIS-OWA)
  • Bai Sandra A. Sema (Maguindanao and Cotabato City-1st, PDP-Laban)
  • Since August 16, 2016
  • Ferdinand L. Hernandez (South Cotabato-2nd, NPC)
  • Frederick Abueg (Palawan-2nd, Liberal)
  • Rolando Andaya, Jr. (Camarines Sur-1st, PDP-Laban)
  • Majority Leader: Rodolfo Fariñas (Ilocos Norte–1st, PDP-Laban)
  • Minority Leader: Danilo Suarez (Quezon–3rd, Lakas), since July 27, 2016
  • Composition

    Both chambers of Congress are divided into parties and blocs. While members are elected via parties, blocs are the basis for committee memberships. Only members of the majority and minority blocs are accorded committee memberships. This is how blocs are determined:

  • Majority bloc: All members who voted for the Senate President or Speaker during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Minority bloc: All members who voted for the second-placed candidate during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Independent minority bloc: All members who did not vote for the winning or second-best nominee during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Independent bloc: All members who abstained from voting during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Not a member of any bloc: All members who have not voted during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • In the speakership election, several members abstained from voting. They, along with the members who voted for the losing candidate voted on who would be the minority leader.

    District representatives

    ^1 Died on November 11, 2016. ^2 Resigned after being appointed as Secretary of Public Works and Highways on August 1, 2016. ^3 Died on June 30, 2016, before taking office.

    Senate committees

    *more popularly known as the Blue Ribbon Committee.

    Senate

    None yet.

    References

    17th Congress of the Philippines Wikipedia


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