CongressWatch Report

31 July 2013 – Prior to President Benigno Aquino III’s fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA), both the House of Representatives and the Senate elected their respective leaders. Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (Quezon City, 4th district) was given a fresh mandate as speaker of the 292-member House of Representatives, while Senator Franklin Drilon took over as president of the Senate.

18 March 2013 – Part 1 of the 2013 Election Series of CongressWatch: The total membership of the House of Representatives is expected
to rise to 292 from 2861 with the addition of fi ve new legislative districts—two from the reapportionment of Quezon City’s second district, and one additional district each from the provinces of Palawan, Cotabato, and Bukidnon—and, consequently, the addition of another seat for a party-list representative, following the Constitutional mandate of allocating 20% of the total House membership for party-list representation.

27 February 2013 – Entering the homestretch of the 15th Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate managed to pass several more pieces of legislation when session resumed after the holiday break. However, the session, which lasted from 21 January to 6 February, has already adjourned to give way to the start of the campaign period for senatorial and party-list representative posts, beginning on 12 February, and for locally-elected officials, beginning on 29 March.