House opens session, Arroyo back in Congress

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2016 12:02 PM

Former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo talks to a fellow lawmaker shortly before the opening of the Philippine Congress, ahead of the State of the Nation address by President Rodrigo Duterte, in Quezon City. Reuters

MANILA - Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is back in Congress to begin her final term as Pampanga 2nd district Representative.

Mrs. Arroyo joined the traditional breakfast of congressmen before the election of House officials.

Arroyo later went to her office on the 2nd floor before joining the opening session of the House of Representatives for the 17th Congress.

Former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other lawmakers arrive to take part in the opening session of the House of Representatives. Reuters

Session was called to order by Secretary General Marilyn Barua Yap, followed by the National Anthem, invocation, the roll call, the designation of the acting floor leader and the election of the speaker.

293 congressmen comprise the House in the 17th Congress.