Former First Lady chairs House panel

September 16, 2018
Imelda Marcos

CONTINUING its reorganization the House of Representatives elected former First Lady now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos as the chairwoman of a newly-created committee.

Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the creation of the Special Committee on Senior Citizens Affairs which Marcos will head as chairperson.

Marcos was endorsed for the committee being one of the oldest solons in Lower House history at age 89.

Aside from creating the senior citizens committee, Arroyo also reactivated the committee on oversight, which was abolished during the presidency of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is requesting the House leadership to give to his bloc the chairmanship of the oversight committee.

The committee’s purpose is to check and balance the different government agencies and departments concerning their financial operations.

But the House leadership has not yet endorsed any solon to head the panel.

Meanwhile, the House majority relieved Quirino Rep. Dax Cua as chairman of the influential Committee on Ways and Means. 

Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing was elected to replace Cua.

Cua’s ouster came a day after the Lower House passed on third and final reading House bill 8083 or Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High Quality Opportunities (TRABAHO).

For his part, Suarez hailed the decision of the Arroyo leadership to revive the oversight panel, saying that this is one of the most welcome moves made by the former president.

“The principle of checks and balances is embedded in our Constitution to ensure that there will be no abuse of power and to correct mistakes or excesses committed by the other branches of the government,” Suarez said.