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Deputy Speaker for All Seasons! Vilma Santos elected as House leader

Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos can now add “Deputy Speaker” to her long list of official titles.

Santos was elected Deputy Speaker during the plenary session Tuesday. She was one of the three new House leaders whose names were announced on the floor.

As Deputy Speaker, Santos will preside over the session whenever Cayetano is unavailable.

She will also monitor, coordinate and facilitate action on measures filed, requests, and other concerns of members representing constituencies to which they may be assigned by the Speaker.

Santos can also recommend to the Speaker appropriate policies, strategies and programs of action to improve the process of legislation and the quality of legislative measures, and to effectively address concerns of members on matters affecting them, their constituencies, and the overall operations and integrity of the House.