2013 Philippine House of Representatives elections

The 2013 Philippine House of Representatives elections were the 33rd lower house elections in the Philippines. They were held on May 13, 2013 to elect members to the House of Representatives of the Philippines that would serve in the 16th Congress of the Philippines from June 30, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

2013 Philippine House of Representatives elections
← 2010 May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13) 2016 →

All 293 seats to the House of Representatives of the Philippines
147 seats needed for a majority
Party % Seats +/–

37.56 109 +62

17.08 42 +13

11.17 8 +8

8.55 24 +24

8.41 18 -7

5.24 14 -92
Bukidnon Paglaum

0.36 1 +1

0.34 1 +1

0.34 1 0
Unang Sigaw

0.34 1 +1

0.34 1 0

0.33 1 +1

0.32 2 0
Kusug Agusanon

0.25 1 +1

0.24 1 +1

0.20 1 +1

0.12 1 +1

0.08 1 0

5.92 6 -1
This lists parties that won seats. See the complete results below.
2013 Philippine House of Representatives district election results.png
District election results; results for Metro Manila is magnified at the top right.
Speaker before Speaker after
Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

The Philippines uses parallel voting for the House of Representatives: first past the post on 234 single member districts, and via closed party lists on a 2% election threshold computed via a modified Hare quota (3-seat cap and no remainders) on 58 seats, with parties with less than 1% of the first preference vote winning one seat each if 20% of the party-list seats are not filled up. Major parties are not allowed to participate in the party-list election.

While the concurrent Senate election features the two major coalitions in Team PNoy and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the constituent parties of the coalitions contested the lower house election separately, and in some districts, candidates from the same coalition in the Senate are contesting a single seat. Campaigns for the House of Representatives are done on a district-by-district basis; there is no national campaign conducted by the parties. No matter the election result, the party of the president usually controls the House of Representatives, via a grand coalition of almost all parties. Only the ruling Liberal Party can win a majority, as it is the only party to put up candidates in a majority of seats.

After release of preliminary results, the Liberal Party emerged as the largest party in the chamber. Its coalition partners also held most of their seats. Incumbent Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. was easily reelected as the Speaker of the 16th Congress.

Electoral systemEdit

The election for seats in the House of Representatives is done via parallel voting. A voter has two votes: one for one's local district, and another via the party-list system. A candidate is not allowed to stand for both ballots, and parties participating in the district elections would have to ask for permission on the Commission on Elections, with major parties not allowed to participate in the party-list election.

Election via the districtsEdit

Each district sends one representative to the House of Representatives, with the winner with the highest number of votes winning that district's seat. The representatives from the districts comprise at most 80% of the seats.

Election via the party-list systemEdit

In the party-list system, the parties contesting the election represent a sector, or several sectors, or an ethnic group. In determining the winners, the entire country is treated as one "district". Each party that surpasses the 2% election threshold automatically wins one seat, they can win an additional number of seats in proportion to the number of votes they received, but they can't have more than three seats. The representatives elected via the party-list system, also known as "sectoral representatives" should comprise at least 20% of the seats. However, since the winners from the parties that surpass the 2% threshold had not reached the 20% quota ever since the party-list system was instituted, the parties that received less than 1% of the first preference vote are given one seat each until the 20% quota has been filled up.[1]


The parties contesting the district elections campaign at the district level; there is no national-level campaigning. While no party has been able to win a majority of seats in the House of Representatives since the 1987 elections, the party of the incumbent president had usually controlled the chamber in the phenomenon known locally as the "Padrino System" or patronage politics, with other parties aligning themselves with the president's policies in exchange for pork barrel and future political favors.

While the parties contesting the Senate election grouped themselves into two major electoral alliances (Team PNoy and the United Nationalist Alliance), the constituent parties of those alliances separately contested the elections to the House of Representatives. However, as stated above, the parties will again coalesce once the 16th Congress of the Philippines convenes.


Reapportioning (redistricting) the number of seats is either via national reapportionment after the release of every census, or via piecemeal redistricting for every province or city. National reapportionment has not happened since the 1987 constitution took effect, and aside from piecemeal redistricting, the apportionment was based on the ordinance from the constitution, which was in turn based from the 1980 census.

These are the following laws pertaining to redistricting that were passed by Congress. While a locality that has a minimum of 250,000 people is constitutionally entitled to one district representative, Congress should enact a law in order for it to take effect. The creation of new districts may be politically motivated, in order to prevent political allies (or even opponents) from contesting one seat.

Bukidnon, Cotabato, Palawan and Quezon City received additional representatives in the upcoming Congress.

House Bill No. District(s) Current Proposed Note Status
4111 Cotabato 2 3 Signed into law - RA 10177[2]
4245 Quezon City–2nd 1 3 Quezon City-2nd to be split into three districts. Signed into law - RA 10170[3]
5236[4] Bukidnon 3 4 Signed into law - RA 10184[5]
5608 Palawan-2nd 1 2 Puerto Princesa and Aborlan to be separated from Palawan-2nd. Signed into law - RA 10171[6]
Potential new districts 16 Approved new districts 5

The number of new legislative districts may also increase the seats allocated for party-list representatives: for every five new legislative districts, one seat for a party-list representative is also created.

Marginal seatsEdit

These are seats where the winning margin was 3% or less, politicians may choose to run under a different political party as compared to 2010. This excludes districts where the nearest losing candidate or that candidate's party is not contesting the election, or districts that were redistricted.

District 2010 Winner Political party on 2010 election day Current
political party
2013 opponent Political party 2010 margin 2013 result
Biliran Rogelio Espina Nacionalista Liberal Glenn Chong PMP 0.45% Liberal hold
Camarines Sur–5th Salvio Fortuno Nacionalista Liberal Emmanuel Alfelor NPC 0.62% Liberal hold
Batanes Dina Abad Liberal Liberal Carlo Oliver Diasnes Independent 1.06% Liberal hold
Mountain Province Maximo Dalog Lakas–Kampi Liberal Jupiter Dominguez UNA 1.54% Liberal hold
Surigao del Norte–2nd Guillermo Romarate, Jr. Lakas–Kampi Liberal Robert Ace Barbers Nacionalista 1.64% Liberal hold
Manila–6th Sandy Ocampo Liberal Liberal Benny M. Abante UNA 1.81% Liberal hold
Zamboanga Sibugay–2nd Romeo Jalosjos, Jr. Nacionalista Nacionalista Dulce Ann Hofer Liberal 1.85% Liberal gain from Nacionalista
Isabela–2nd Ana Cristina Go Nacionalista Nacionalista Edgar Uy Liberal 1.93% Nacionalista hold
Cagayan de Oro–1st Jose Benjamin Benaldo PMP Nacionalista Rolando Uy Liberal 2.03% Liberal gain from Nacionalista
Bataan–1st Herminia Roman Lakas–Kampi Liberal Enrique T. Garcia NUP 2.53% Liberal hold
Northern Samar–2nd Emil Ong Lakas–Kampi NUP Ramp Nielsen Uy Liberal 2.67% NUP hold
Batangas–3rd Nelson Collantes PMP Liberal Victoria Hernandez-Reyes Nacionalista 2.78% Liberal hold
Cotabato–2nd Nancy Catamco Lakas–Kampi Liberal Bernardo Piñol, Jr. Independent 2.88% Redistricted; Liberal hold
Zamboanga del Norte–2nd Rosendo Labadlabad Liberal Liberal Rolando Yebes NUP 2.93% Liberal hold

Retiring and term-limited incumbentsEdit

These are the incumbents who are not running for a seat in the House of Representatives, and are not term limited:

Defeated incumbentsEdit

District Party Incumbent Winner Party Notes
Bacolod Independent Anthony Golez, Jr. Evelio Leonardia NPC Golez is an NPC member running as an independent.
Baguio UNA Bernardo Vergara Nicasio Aliping Independent
Batangas–1st Liberal Tomas Apacible Eileen Ermita-Buhain Lakas Apacible defeated Ermita-Buhain's father Eduardo in the 2010 general election.
Bukidnon–1st NPC Jesus Emmanuel Paras Maria Lourdes Acosta Liberal Paras defeated Acosta's mother Socorro in the 2010 general election.
Cagayan de Oro–1st Nacionalista Jose Benjamin Benaldo Rolando Uy Liberal Benaldo beat Uy's son Rainier in the 2010 general election.
Caloocan–2nd Nacionalista Mitzi Cajayon Edgar Erice Liberal
Cebu–2nd NUP Pablo P. Garcia Wilfredo Caminero Liberal Garcia is one of the deputy speakers.
Iloilo–2nd UNA Augusto Syjuco, Jr. Arcadio Gorriceta Liberal
Laguna–3rd Liberal Maria Evita Agaro Sol Aragones UNA
Lanao del Sur–1st Independent Hussein Pangandaman Ansaruddin Adiong Liberal
Marinduque NUP Lord Allan Jay Velasco Regina Ongsiako Reyes Liberal Velasco beat Reyes' brother Edmundo in the 2010 general election.
Misamis Occidental–2nd Liberal Loreto Leo Ocampos Henry Oaminal Nacionalista
Northern Samar–1st Liberal Raul Daza Harlin Abayon Nacionalista Daza is one of the deputy speakers. It was the closest House race with a margin of victory of 52 votes.
Pampanga–3rd NPC Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. Oscar Rodriguez Liberal
Sulu–2nd NPC Nur Ana Sahidulla Maryam Arbison Liberal
Tarlac–3rd NUP Jeci Lapus Noel Villanueva Nacionalista
Zambales–2nd Sulong Zambales Jun Omar Ebdane Cheryl Delloso-Montalla Liberal Ebdane beat Delloso-Montalla in the 2012 special election.
Zamboanga Sibugay–2nd Nacionalista Romeo Jalosjos, Jr. Dulce Ann Hofer Liberal Jalosjos defeated Hofer's brother George in the 2010 general election.

Open seat gainsEdit

*Kaka Bag-ao is a party–list representative for Akbayan who ran in Dinagat Islands district under the Liberal Party and won.


2013 Philippine House district elections chart of votes (inner ring) compared to seats won (outer ring).

District electionsEdit

Only the Liberal Party can win the election outright by placing candidates in a majority of seats. With 292 seats, including seats reserved for sectoral representatives, 147 seats are needed for a majority, and only the Liberal Party is contesting more than 150 seats.

The Liberal Party did win a near majority of the district seats. They are expected to form a coalition with other Team PNoy component parties, other parties, most independents, and most party-list representatives for a large working majority. Lakas-CMD is expected to form the minority bloc anew, while the United Nationalist Alliance and left-leaning representatives may join either bloc.

A total of six independents won, one less than in 2010.

The vote totals below were collected from the results displayed from the COMELEC's "Transparency" server. These are partial and unofficial. The seats won are the ones which had been officially proclaimed by the COMELEC.

Liberal Party10,557,26537.56+18.38109+62
Nationalist People's Coalition4,800,90717.08+1.4042+13
United Nationalist Alliance3,140,38111.17New8New
National Unity Party2,402,0978.55New24New
Nacionalista Party2,364,4008.41−2.7918−7
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino144,0300.51+1.980−4
Bukidnon Paglaum100,4050.36New1New
Aksyon Demokratiko97,9820.35−0.0900
Kambilan ning Memalen Kapampangan96,4330.34New1New
Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran94,9660.34+0.1410
Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija94,9520.34New1New
Kilusang Bagong Lipunan94,4840.34−0.1210
United Negros Alliance91,4670.33New1New
Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino90,0700.32−0.1520
Kusug Agusanon71,4360.25New1New
Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod65,3240.23New00
Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines68,2810.24New1New
Sulong Zambales60,2800.21New00
Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan57,4850.20New1New
Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Katarungan54,4250.19+0.1600
Partido Magdiwang23,2530.08−0.0110
One Cebu21,9360.08New00
Ang Kapatiran19,0190.07−0.0100
Adelante Zamboanga Party15,8810.06New00
Partido ng Manggagawa at Magsasaka10,3960.04−2.590−1
Partido Lakas ng Masa10,1960.04New00
Ompia Party1,6820.01New00
Democratic Party of the Philippines1,0710.00New00
Party-list seats[a]59+2
Valid votes28,107,72170.02−19.45
Invalid/blank votes12,036,48629.98+19.45
Total votes40,144,207
Registered voters/turnout52,014,64877.18+2.84
  1. ^ Originally, only 58 seats were up in the party-list election. An additional seat was then seated, then two seats were ultimately not seated until the end of the congressional term.
Vote share
Congressional district seats

Party-list electionEdit

The Commission on Elections was supposed to release results for the party-list election along with the results for the Senate election; however, the commission suspended the release of results after questions of whether to include votes for the twelve disqualified parties, although not with finality, were to be included or not.[7] Canvassing of results for the party-list election resumed on May 19 after the 12 senators-elect were already proclaimed, with the commission meeting to determine on what to do with the votes of the twelve disqualified parties.[8] On May 22, the commission announced that they will proclaim the winning parties, but not the number of seats.[9]

Buhay Hayaan Yumabong1,270,6084.59+0.333+1
Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment Through Action, Cooperation and Harmony Towards Educational Reforms1,042,8633.77+1.6620
Bayan Muna954,7243.45+0.9020
1st Consumers Alliance for Rural Energy934,9153.38+0.7520
Ako Bicol Political Party763,3162.76−2.442−1
OFW Family Club752,2292.72New2New
Gabriela Women's Party715,2502.58−0.8420
Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens in the Philippines679,1682.45−1.9620
Cooperative NATCCO Network Party642,0052.32−0.9020
Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines592,4632.14+0.382+1
Citizens' Battle Against Corruption584,9062.11−0.1120
Magdalo para sa Pilipino567,4262.05New2New
An Waray541,2051.95−0.4720
Abante Mindanao466,1141.68+0.4010
ACT Teachers454,3461.64+0.3710
Butil Farmers Party439,5571.59−0.1410
Anak Mindanao 382,2671.38+0.831New
Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support377,1651.36+1.371New
Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation-Building Through Easing Poverty372,3831.34−0.5610
LPG Marketers Association370,8971.34−0.0910
Trade Union Congress Party369,2861.33+0.5010
You against Corruption and Poverty366,6211.32+0.1810
Agri-Agra na Reforma para sa Magsasaka ng Pilipinas Movement366,1701.32+1.161New
Angkla: Ang Partido ng mga Pilipinong Marino360,4971.30New1New
Arts Business and Science Professionals359,5871.30+0.4210
Democratic Independent Workers Association341,8201.23+0.4210
Alay Buhay Community Development Foundation317,3551.15+0.5910
Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya-Owa Mangunguma312,3121.13−0.0910
Social Amelioration & Genuine Intervention on Poverty287,7391.04New1New
Alliance of Volunteer Educators270,4310.98+0.2410
Adhikaing Tinataguyod ng Kooperatiba267,7630.97+0.3710
Abang Lingkod260,9230.94+0.831New
1 Banat & Ahapo Coalition245,5290.89New1New
Abakada Guro244,7540.88+0.561New
Ang Mata'y Alagaan244,0260.88+0.671New
Ang Nars243,3600.88New1New
Ang National Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Action Na241,5050.87New1New
Agbiag! Timpuyog Ilocano240,8410.87−0.0310
Ang Laban ng Indiginong Filipino223,8570.81+0.030−1
Ating Guro214,0800.77New00
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta212,2980.77−0.110−1
Aangat Tayo207,8550.75+0.140−1
Kasangga sa Kaunlaran202,4560.73−0.280−1
Bagong Henerasyon190,0010.69−0.310−1
Kapatiran ng mga Nakulong na Walang Sala175,0960.63−0.170−1
Piston Land Transport Coalition174,9760.63New00
Aksyon Magsasaka-Partido Tinig ng Masa165,7840.60+0.0400
Agrarian Development Association164,7020.59+0.5000
Isang Alyansang Aalalay sa Pinoy Skilled Workers162,5520.59New00
Abante Retirees Partylist Organization161,9150.58+0.5900
Katribu Indigenous Peoples Sectoral Party153,8440.56+0.1700
Association of Laborers and Employees153,6160.55+0.5600
1 Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group153,0720.55−0.2500
Action Brotherhood for Active Dreamers150,8540.54−0.030−1
Veterans Freedom Party148,5910.54−0.0100
Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives146,3920.53−0.540−1
Pasang Masda Nationwide134,9440.49+0.3700
Una ang Pamilya131,9540.48−0.260−1
Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan130,6940.47−0.360−1
Ang Prolife129,9890.47New00
Pilipino Association for Country-Urban Poor Youth Advancement and Welfare123,7910.45−0.0400
1-United Transport Koalisyon123,4890.45−0.300−1
Isang Lapian ng Mangingisda at Bayan Tungo sa Kaunlaran119,5050.43New00
Isang Pangarap ng Bahay sa Bagong Buhay ng Maralitang Kababayan117,5160.42+0.4300
Akap Bata Sectoral Organization for Children116,8370.42+0.0500
Abante Katutubo111,6250.40+0.3100
Firm 24-K Association103,3160.37+0.0400
Alyansang Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka Manggagawang Bukid at Mangingisda102,0210.37−0.1000
Ang Ladlad Lgbt Party100,9580.36−0.0200
Ang Agrikultura Natin Isulong94,6510.34+0.1400
Kasosyo Producer-Consumer Exchange Association93,5810.34−0.270−1
1 Bro-Philippine Guardians Brotherhood88,6030.32New00
Pilipinos with Disabilities87,2470.32New00
Abante Tribung Makabansa86,1450.31−0.2000
Ako Ayoko sa Bawal na Droga81,3780.29−0.0200
Adhikain ng mga Dakilang Anak Maharlika80,3980.29+0.0600
Association for Righteousness Advocacy in Leadership77,2060.28+0.1400
Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan All Filipino Democratic Movement76,8380.28−0.2900
Sectoral Party ang Minero71,5340.26+0.1200
Action League of Indigenous Masses67,8070.24−0.0600
Ating Agapay Sentrong Samahan ng mga Obrero65,1190.24New00
1-A Action Moral & Values Recovery Reform Philippines65,0950.24+0.2200
Aagapay sa Matatanda59,8440.22+0.2100
1 Guardians Nationalist of the Philippines58,4060.21−0.2000
Adhikain at Kilusan ng Ordinaryong Tao para sa Lupa Pabahay Hanapbuhay at Kaunlaran51,8060.19+0.0100
Migrante Sectoral Party of Overseas Filipinos and Their Families51,4310.19New00
Alyansa ng OFW Party51,0690.18−0.1300
Ugnayan ng Maralita Laban sa Kahirapan45,4920.16New00
Alliance for Rural Concerns45,1200.16−0.0400
Alliance of Bicolnon Party44,3240.16−0.0300
Blessed Federation of Farmers and Fishermen International43,8290.16−0.0500
Alliance of Advocates in Mining Advancement for National Progress42,8530.15−0.0100
Advance Community Development in New Generation42,8190.15New00
Alliance for Rural and Agrarian Reconstruction41,2570.15−0.3500
United Movement against Drug Foundation41,0230.15+0.0500
Association of Marine Officer & Ratings40,9550.15New00
Mamamayan Tungo sa Maunlad na Pilipinas40,2180.15New00
Anti-War/Anti-Terror Mindanao Peace Movement39,2060.14+0.0100
Green Force for the Environment Sons and Daughters of Mother Earth30,5810.11−0.0400
Agila ng Katutubong Pilipino29,7390.11−0.2500
Alyansa ng Media at Showbiz28,2630.10+0.0400
Alliance for Philippines Security Guards Cooperative27,4000.10+0.0400
Kababaihang Lingkod Bayan sa Pilipinas24,3690.09−0.0900
Alyansa Lumad Mindanao19,3810.07+0.0100
Valid votes27,687,24068.97−9.91
Invalid/blank votes12,456,96731.03+9.91
Total votes40,144,207
Registered voters/turnout52,982,17375.77+1.43
Source: COMELEC tally winning parties 1 2 3; Supreme Court: Abang Lingkod, Senior Citizens


Region Details Seats won per party Total seats
Lakas Liberal Nacionalista NPC NUP UNA Others & ind.
I Elections
1 / 12
2 / 12
2 / 12
6 / 12
0 / 12
1 / 12
12 / 292
II Elections
2 / 10
2 / 10
4 / 10
2 / 10
0 / 10
0 / 10
10 / 292
III Elections
1 / 21
8 / 21
2 / 21
3 / 21
4 / 21
0 / 21
3 / 21
21 / 292
IV–A Elections
3 / 23
10 / 23
1 / 23
5 / 23
3 / 23
1 / 23
0 / 23
23 / 292
IV–B Elections
0 / 8
4 / 8
1 / 8
1 / 8
1 / 8
0 / 8
1 / 8
8 / 292
V Elections
4 / 16
6 / 16
1 / 16
3 / 16
2 / 16
0 / 16
0 / 16
16 / 292
VI Elections
0 / 18
10 / 18
0 / 18
3 / 18
2 / 18
1 / 18
2 / 18
18 / 292
VII Elections
1 / 16
8 / 16
1 / 16
4 / 16
1 / 16
1 / 16
0 / 16
16 / 292
VIII Elections
1 / 12
7 / 12
1 / 12
1 / 12
2 / 12
0 / 12
0 / 12
12 / 292
IX Elections
4 / 9
2 / 9
1 / 9
0 / 9
0 / 9
2 / 9
9 / 292
X Elections
6 / 14
2 / 14
4 / 14
0 / 14
0 / 14
2 / 14
14 / 292
XI Elections
1 / 11
6 / 11
2 / 11
0 / 11
2 / 11
0 / 11
11 / 292
XII Elections
2 / 8
2 / 8
1 / 8
1 / 8
2 / 8
8 / 292
Caraga Elections
1 / 9
6 / 9
0 / 9
0 / 9
2 / 9
0 / 9
0 / 9
9 / 292
ARMM Elections
0 / 8
7 / 8
0 / 8
0 / 8
1 / 8
0 / 8
0 / 8
8 / 292
CAR Elections
5 / 7
0 / 7
1 / 7
0 / 7
0 / 7
1 / 7
7 / 292
NCR Elections
1 / 32
19 / 32
2 / 32
3 / 32
1 / 32
6 / 32
0 / 32
32 / 292
Party-list Election
2 / 58
51 / 58
58 / 292
14 / 292
114 / 292
18 / 292
42 / 292
24 / 292
10 / 292
65 / 292
287 / 292

Seat totalsEdit

Party/coalition Seats
District Party-list Totals %
Liberal coalition 112 2 114 39.0%
NPC 43 0 43 14.7%
NUP 24 0 24 8.2%
Nacionalista 17 0 17 5.8%
Lakas 14 0 14 4.8%
UNA coalition 10 0 10 3.4%
Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan 0 7 7 2.4%
LDP 2 0 2 0.7%
CDP 1 0 1 0.3%
Kambilan 1 0 1 0.3%
KBL 1 0 1 0.3%
PPPL 1 0 1 0.3%
Unang Sigaw 1 0 1 0.3%
United Negros Alliance 1 0 1 0.3%
Other party-list representatives 0 49 49 16.8%
Independent 6 0 6 2.1%
Totals 234 53 248 98.3%


Same as above, but showing district gains and losses.

Preliminary results states that President Aquino's allies winning an overwhelming majority of seats in the House of Representatives. This makes Aquino the only president enjoy majorities in both houses of Congress since the People Power Revolution of 1986. This is seen as an endorsement of the voters of Aquino's reformist agenda; although several key wins elsewhere by the United Nationalist Alliance and its allies would mean that Aquino's chosen successor may face a significant challenge in the 2016 presidential election.[10]

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. is seen to keep his speakership position with the Liberals winning at least 100 out of the 234 district seats. Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said that a great majority of incumbents are poised to successfully defend their seats, and that the Liberal Party are to be the single largest party in the lower house. The Nacionalista Party has at least 15 winning representatives, "a substantial number" of the 40 incumbents Nationalist People's Coalition are to hold their seats, and the 34-member National Unity Party House leader Rodolfo Antonino expects Belmonte to be reelected as speaker. The United Nationalist Alliance won three seats in Metro Manila, and at least 2 more seats outside the metropolis.[11]

Election for the SpeakershipEdit

15th Congress Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. easily won reelection for the speakership. The race for minority leader, usually given to the person finishing second in the speakership race, was narrowly won by Ronaldo Zamora over Ferdinand Martin Romualdez. There was one abstention, from Toby Tiangco, who wanted to be an independent.[12] Belmonte also abstained from voting, while Romaualdez and Zamora voted for themselves; if Belmonte only had one opponent he would've voted for his opponent, and his opponent would've voted for him (as seen in the 15th Congress speakership election). Since there were more than two nominees, the traditional courtesy votes did not push through.


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