Political analyst: More ‘tectonic shifts’ seen in House as 2025 polls approach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9) — A political expert sees more leadership changes in the House of Representatives as the midterm elections near.

“There might be tectonic shifts given the 2025 elections,” analyst Jean Franco told CNN Philippines’ The Final Word on Wednesday.

She made the statement after a major shake-up in the House leadership with the replacement of Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Isidro Ungab as deputy speakers.

Both officials, who are in key positions, failed to sign House Resolution 1414 that aims to uphold the integrity of the lower chamber and express support for Speaker Martin Romualdez amid criticisms from former president Rodrigo Duterte.

Majority Leader Manuel Dalipe has denied any connection between the reorganization and the upcoming polls, noting that this was done to protect the House.

Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Source on Thursday, Surigao del Norte Rep. Ace Barbers said any attempt to challenge the House leadership should be “nipped in the bud.”

“What is clear right now is that the [House] speaker seems to have the upper hand. The resolution that was approved by the House of Representatives…it was perceived as a loyalty check to the [House] speaker,” Franco said.

Hoping for stronger unity among lawmakers

Barbers expressed hope the issues surrounding the House will strengthen the unity of congressmen especially when it comes to passing priority measures.

“The priority is to really focus and pass the proposed legislation sponsored by our LEDAC (Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council),” he said.

Barbers said there are around 11 priority bills left that have to be approved by the House before it goes on a holiday break.