Gloria Arroyo is now House deputy speaker

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2016 08:06 PM

Former President and current Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is now deputy House speaker. Erik De Castro, Reuters/File

Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is back on top, as one of the deputy speakers of the House of Representatives.

Arroyo was elected and sworn into office as House deputy speaker during the plenary session Monday.

Before her election, her fellow representatives Mylene Garcia Albano, Gwendolyn Garcia, Pia Cayetano, and Sharon Garin were also elected and sworn into office as deputy speakers.

They joined the existing crop of deputy speakers Miro Quimbo, Raneo Abu, Mercedes Alvarez, Eric Singson, and Fredenil Castro.

The position of deputy speaker is one of the leadership positions of the lower House that sits as ex-officio member of all the standing committees.

They are also automatically members of the powerful Rules Committee that sets the agenda of the lower House. They have voting rights in all committees. In plenary, the deputy speakers take turns presiding over the daily sessions.

All the deputy speakers were sworn in by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who was once Arroyo's transportation secretary.

Arroyo's new position came about a month after she walked to freedom following the dismissal of the plunder case against her in connection with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office funds.

READ: Supreme Court frees Gloria Arroyo 

Arroyo broke the news of her leadership position last week. She also expressed her support for the Duterte administration.

"What we see as our work is to help in the legislative agenda of the administration of President Duterte, so there's a lot of work to be done," she said.

Arroyo also plans to seek medical treatment, possibly stem cell treatment, in Germany. She will also meet with the Filipino community there.