MANILA - The House of Representatives rules committee will decide next week on the composition and membership of the minority bloc, a lawmaker said Friday.
Both the minority and majority leaders will be decided on Monday, said 1-Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero, a member of the House Committee on Rules, told ANC's Headstart.
The House is reorganizing following the election of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as speaker last Monday.
By tradition, lawmakers who do not vote for the speaker will be part of the minority and the congressman who placed second in the race for speaker becomes minority leader.
However, Arroyo was the lone nominee to replace Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez when lawmakers declared his seat vacant on Monday.
The camp of Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, who was minority leader before the shakeup, said he should stay in his post, which was not declared vacant.
This is contended, however, by 3 other groups which are also eyeing the recognition as the minority.
Twelve Liberal Party lawmakers wrote to Arroyo to formally constitute themselves as the minority after they abstained from her election. The group includes Marikina City Rep. Miro Quimbo, a former deputy speaker.
Former Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas also reportedly met Arroyo to discuss his minority leadership through the remaining bloc of Alvarez loyalists.
The Makabayan bloc of left-wing lawmakers is also interested in the minority leadership, according to one of its members, ACT-Teachers Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio.