MANILA - House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's top security aide when she was president was named new sergeant-at-arms of the House of Representatives.
Romeo Prestoza, who headed the Presidential Security Group and the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, replaced retired Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali as sergeant-at-arms.
Current House rules say the sergeant-at-arms is responsible for the order in the chamber, enforcement of its rules, and protection of its officers, members, personnel, guests and properties.
"Like the Secretary General, the Sergeant-at-Arms is elected by a majority vote of all the Members at the commencement of each Congress," the House rules read.
Changes in the personnel of the House of Representatives came after Arroyo's controversial rise to the chamber's leadership, replacing Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.--report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News